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Heart of Darkness
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  • The sheer unexpectedness of it made my hair stir under my cap.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Of course, a fool, what with sheer fright and fine sentiments, is always safe.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • My dear boys, what can you expect from a man who out of sheer nervousness had just flung overboard a pair of new shoes.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • They swore aloud together—out of sheer fright, I believe—then pretending not to know anything of my existence, turned back to the station.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The fact is I was completely unnerved by a sheer blank fright, pure abstract terror, unconnected with any distinct shape of physical danger.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The thin smoke had blown away, we were clear of the snag, and looking ahead I could see that in another hundred yards or so I would be free to sheer off, away from the bank; but my feet felt so very warm and wet that I had to look down.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: a sheer blouse
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