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sheer -- as in: sheer fun
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as in: sheer fun Define
complete or pure -- without restriction, qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
  • She got the job through sheer persistence.
  • It was a demonstration of sheer stupidity.
  • After another failed attempt at getting the ignition to turn over, I resort to pounding a little harder until I’m pretty much bludgeoning the battery out of sheer frustration.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • The tears are pushing at the back of my throat, and I’m still struggling for words, and the whole time it’s like her face is growing paler and paler, glowing almost, like the sheer white point of a flame; and I have this idea that I’m already seeing her sputter out, her life flickering in front of me, a TV on static.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall

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  • I looked up to see Miss Caroline standing in the middle of the room, sheer horror flooding her face.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • I walk over to the bed and attempt to hide the sheer panic coursing throughout my body.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • The work at Siemens, however, was sheer misery.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Liam’s hand came out toward me, and the sheer panic at the thought of his touch had me jumping back, trying to put as much air between us as I could.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Despite all of Percy Jackson’s power, despite everything he had survived, in the end he was helpless against the sheer strength of the giant—and the inevitability of the prophecy.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • And no one there could hope to rival Odysseus,
    not for sheer cunning—
    at every twist of strategy he excelled us all.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • May be sheer moonshine-just plain lunacy!
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • The sheer blissful joy of...
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • So when I told old Spencer I had to go to the gym and get my equipment and stuff, that was a sheer lie.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • And it was sheer bad luck that he sat down on the pile of thistles.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • Most of my writing time is spent on the notes which I keep in a separate folder, but from time to time I feel it necessary to put down my moods and my thoughts out of sheer habit.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • And when Sam heard that he laughed aloud for sheer delight,
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • sheer bad luck, she happened to barge in.
    Darren Shan  --  A Living Nightmare
  • The sheer audacity of it took my breath away.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • I guess I can chalk my almost eighteen years of virginity up to sheer stubbornness.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Helene says this without a trace of irony, and I wince at the sheer idiocy of the idea.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Of course all that was the sheerest hypocrisy!
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Mr. Hanson may be half deaf and half blind, but he makes up for that in the sheer volume of homework he assigns.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • We bounded down the sidewalk on a spree of sheer relief, leaping and howling.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The PSFs assigned to their room had been so impressed with the sheer detail of his work that they actually let him finish.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Izzi and I exchange a glance at that—his sheer competence is unnerving.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • You did all this chopping and work from sheer goodness, boy?
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • And anyway it’s a sheer impossibility that...
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • But then Faris grabs Dex and uses sheer bulk to turn him around and shove him into the crowd, away from me.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Sheer reaction had kept her immobile.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • …know who died in the fighting,
    you were there yourself.
    And one is still alive,
    held captive, somewhere, off in the endless seas ….
    Ajax, now, went down with his long-oared fleet.
    First Poseidon drove him onto the cliffs of Gyrae,
    looming cliffs, then saved him from the breakers—
    he’d have escaped his doom, too, despite Athena’s hate,
    if he hadn’t flung that brazen boast, the mad blind fool.
    "In the teeth of the gods," he bragged, "I have escaped
    the ocean’s sheer abyss!"
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • 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?
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
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To see samples using other meanings of sheer, click a word sense below:
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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