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as in: sheer fun Define
complete or pure -- without restriction, qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
  • And when Sam heard that he laughed aloud for sheer delight,

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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 cliff Define
so steep it is almost vertical
  • ...and beyond, going steeply down, was a road between sheer cliffs, knife-edged against the sky far above.

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  • Be careful on that road. There is a sheer drop-off on the right.
  • A sheer cliff drops from the lighthouse to the sea.

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  • And so they came at last deep into the glen; and there stood a sheer wall of rock, and in the wall the Dark Door gaped before them like the mouth of night.
  • The Morthond Vale made a great bay that beat up against the sheer southern faces of the mountains.

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  • Upwards it wound, coiling like a snake, boring its way across the sheer slope of rock.
  • Up it rose, even to the level of the topmost circle, and there was crowned by a battlement; so that those in the Citadel might, like mariners in a mountainous ship, look from its peak sheer down upon the Gate seven hundred feet below.
  • There’s a sheer drop over the wall.
  • The eastern faces of the Ephel Duath were sheer, falling in cliff and precipice to the black trough that lay between them and the inner ridge.
  • It was not a broad road, and it had no wall or parapet along the edge and as it ran on the sheer drop from its brink became deeper and deeper.
  • He looked wildly up at the frowning wall, where the road-builders of old had cut the rock sheer for many fathoms above their heads.
  • They had reached the Mountain’s foot on its northern side, and a little to the westward; there its long grey slopes, though broken, were not sheer.
  • Its eastern face stood up in three great tiers from a shelf in the mountain-wall far below; its back was to a great cliff behind, from which it jutted out in pointed bastions, one above the other, diminishing as they rose, with sheer sides of cunning masonry that looked north-east and south-east.

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  • The Mountain crept up ever nearer, until, if they lifted their heavy heads, it filled all their sight, looming vast before them: a huge mass of ash and slag and burned stone, out of which a sheer-sided cone was raised into the clouds.
  • A brief vision he had of swirling cloud, and in the midst of it towers and battlements, tall as hills, founded upon a mighty mountain-throne above immeasurable pits; great courts and dungeons, eyeless prisons sheer as cliffs, and gaping gates of steel and adamant: and then all passed.

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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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