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sheer
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To Kill a Mockingbird
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as in: sheer fun Define
complete or pure -- without restriction, qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
  • I looked up to see Miss Caroline standing in the middle of the room, sheer horror flooding her face.
    p.34
  • We bounded down the sidewalk on a spree of sheer relief, leaping and howling.
    p.146.9

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  • You did all this chopping and work from sheer goodness, boy?
    p.263.9
  • I sometimes felt a twinge of remorse, when passing by the old place, at ever having taken part in what must have been sheer torment to Arthur Radley— what reasonable recluse wants children peeping through his shutters, delivering greetings on the end of a fishing-pole, wandering in his collards at night?
    p.324.8

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  • She got the job through sheer persistence.
  • It was a demonstration of sheer stupidity.

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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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