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sheer
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Lord of the Flies
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as in: sheered to the left Define
change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction
  • Fear, beasts, no general agreement that the fire was all-important: and when one tried to get the thing straight the argument sheered off, bringing up fresh, unpleasant matter.

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  • The boat sheered to port to avoid a collision.
  • They argued that the ship’s sudden sheer caused the collision.

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  • So they proceeded after that as if they were climbing a dangerous mountain, until the rocks became an uncompromising cliff, overhung with impossible jungle and falling sheer into the sea.

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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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