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The Fountainhead
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  • It isit is sheer insanity, if you don’t mind.
  • Sheer perfection in his own way.

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  • It’s sheer insanity!
  • Heller presented Roark to her, and she spoke as she always did, her voice like a shrill rocket sweeping all opposition aside by sheer speed.
  • Besides, he knew that the audience was enjoying it, in the sheer excitement of scandal, even though their sympathies were with Hopton Stoddard.
  • During his first week at school the teacher called on Gail Wynand constantly—it was sheer pleasure to her, because he always knew the answers.
  • When I stop at a port, it’s only for the sheer pleasure of leaving it.
  • It’s as if they were smacking their lips in sheer glee that their best is dust before the brute force of an earthquake.
  • The stones under his feet rose to the remnant of a corner; one side of it hid him from the street; there was nothing behind the other side but a sheer drop to the river.
  • All of it tends to impress upon man his essential insignificance, to crush him by sheer magnitude, to imbue him with that sacred terror which leads to the meekness of virtue.

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  • The dressing gown was made of silk, bearing the trademarked pattern of Coty’s face powder, white puffs on an orange background; it looked daring and gay, supremely elegant through sheer silliness.

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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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