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sheer
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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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  • Suddenly he began writing in sheer panic, only imperfectly aware of what he was setting down.
  • At the beginning he had no feeling except sheer incredulity.

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  • It was a sheer drop of ten or twenty metres, with boulders at the bottom.
  • It had been a rash act to come here at all, and sheer folly to arrive together; though it was true that they had come by different routes and only met on O’Brien’s doorstep.
  • He felt certain that O’Brien was about to twist the dial out of sheer wantonness.

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as in: a sheer blouse Define
typically of fabric: very thin and delicate -- often transparent
as in: sheer fun Define
complete or pure -- without restriction, qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
as in: a sheer cliff Define
so steep it is almost vertical
as in: sheered to the left Define
change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction
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