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as in: a sheer blouse Define
typically of fabric: very thin and delicate -- often transparent
  • She likes sheer silk stockings.
  • In the kitchen, I want sheer curtains that I can see through.

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  • At work, the blouse is too sheer to wear without a coat.
  • I grab at the sheer blue curtain panels and yank them until the rod snaps and the curtains fall around me.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • It’s made of super-sheer plastic, and as I wrap it around my body, securing it at the waist with a knot, I’m fully aware that you can still see pretty much everything including the outline of my underwear—through its fabric.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Hana is just climbing out of her parents’ car, her blond hair flying in wisps and waves around her face, her semi-sheer tunic slipping off one tan shoulder.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Beside him stands a Tribal girl clad in sheer, rose-colored robes, their hems embroidered with tiny round mirrors.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • There was a sheerness, the smoothest rigor to her cheek, as if it were the keen wall of a canyon.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • But still, There was no doubt that he was, in spite of the sheerness of the Cliffs, heading in an upward direction.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • She’d zippered up her windbreaker—perhaps, Puller thought, to cover the sheerness of the T-shirt underneath in the presence of her deputies.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day

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  • Whatever bravery or skill I had ever shown were gifts of God—sheer loans from Him of the talent needed to do a job.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • As I struggled, the concrete wall behind me pierced through the sheerness of my cover-up and grated against my skin.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Now there were rubbers called barebacks, electronically tested for sheerness and sensitivity.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • He became foreman of the engineers in the dockyard at Sheerness.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • I grab at the sheer blue curtain panels and yank them until the rod snaps and the curtains fall around me.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • She remembered running over the breakwater at Sheerness and finding the boat.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • At twenty, owing to her health, she had left Sheerness.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • She seemed so far away from her girlhood, she wondered if it were the same person walking heavily up the back garden at the Bottoms as had run so lightly up the breakwater at Sheerness ten years before.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • I wished I could be just the same as they, I wished for the simple sheerness of their anticipation, whether it was born from desire or lonesomeness or fear or anger or dread.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
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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.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • ...by 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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as in: a sheer cliff Define
so steep it is almost vertical
  • 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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  • But the idea is there, looming up solid and unavoidable, a sheer rock face: I could have stopped it.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Rising four hundred feet over the nighttime sprawl of modern Athens, the sheer cliffs were topped with a crown of limestone walls.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • ...the cliffs fell sheer to the sea below,
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • From that point there was a sheer drop, for the cliff was slightly undercut, and even Gollum could not find a hold of any kind.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • ...and beyond, going steeply down, was a road between sheer cliffs, knife-edged against the sky far above.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Now, there’s a sheer cliff
    plunging steep to the surf at the farthest edge of Gortyn,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The rope is thirty feet long, and this close to the base of the watchtower, the cliffs aren’t as sheer.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Scraggly bushes and grass grew on thin ledges in the sheer walls, with a few birds’ nests tucked into them.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory

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  • In ROTC, he had done multiple rope courses, rappelling down sheer cliffs.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The hem of her dress drips; her shoes squelch out water; to both sides rise sheer walls.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Helene cranes her neck back and stares up the sheer cliff face.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • It’s pretty sheer. [the cliff]
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • My feet scrape against the sheer wall for a terrifying moment before I find the foothold.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • a great floating island it was, and round it all
    huge ramparts rise of indestructible bronze
    and sheer rock cliffs shoot up from sea to sky.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • …the huge roaring breakers of blue-eyed Amphitrite—
    the Clashing Rocks they’re called by all the blissful gods.
    Not even birds can escape them, no, not even the doves
    that veer and fly ambrosia home to Father Zeus:
    even of those the sheer Rocks always pick off one
    and Father wings one more to keep the number up.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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as in: sheered to the left Define
change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction
  • The boat sheered to port to avoid a collision.
  • They argued that the ship’s sudden sheer caused the collision.

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  • Looking up at the sheering wall above me, I could see streaks and runnels down the stone, marking the path of garbage tipped from a sliding door forty feet above.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Well, here she comes, and we said she was going to try and shave us; but she didn’t seem to be sheering off a bit.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • 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.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Sometimes he sheered off the subject, or turned the conversation by pretending not to understand, but generally he answered all I asked most frankly.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "How shall I know Sea Cow when I meet him?" said Kotick, sheering off.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • He got so frightened about his plaguy soul, that he shrinked and sheered away from whales, for fear of after-claps, in case he got stove and went to Davy Jones.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • At last the frantic sufferer sheered from its course, and sprang into its master’s lap; he flung it out of the window, and the voice of distress quickly thinned away and died in the distance.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Then the downstream one vanishes, dragging the other with him; the wagon sheers crosswise, poised on the crest of the ford as the log strikes it, tilting it up and on.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying

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  • Oddly enough the other horse seemed also to be sheering away to the left, so that in a few seconds the space between them had widened a good deal.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • After each repulse, when the old wolf sheered abruptly away from the sharp-toothed object of his desire, he shouldered against a young threeyear-old that ran on his blind right side.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I sheered her well inshore—the water being deepest near the bank, as the sounding-pole informed me.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • But the horse slowed, sheering into the curb.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Then, by Athena’s wind borne on, the ship rounded Pheai by night and coasted Elis, the green domain of the Epeioi; thence he put her head north toward the running pack of islets, wondering if by sailing wide he sheered off Death, or would be caught.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The first weapon made by the Cyclopes for the war against the Titans, the bolt that sheered the top off Mount Etna and hurled Kronos from his throne; the master bolt, which packs enough power to make mortal hydrogen bombs look like firecrackers.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Driving for the passage, Menelaos tried to keep his wheels clear, but Antilokhos swung to one side to pass, and drove his team outside the track, sheering a little toward him.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The brig was sheering swiftly and giddily through a long, cresting swell.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • They looked from afar at isolated cottages and little inns, and were inclined to approach one of the latter, when their hearts failed them, and they sheered off.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It was no sooner free from the incumbrance of the branches, than it swung into the stream, sheering quite close to the western shore, by the force of the current.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • The very remembrance sheered off his morbid introspection.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • The ponderous walls sheered away from the river.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • A few rivets sheered off, each with a piercing screeeeek.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • He sheered away from it-where was she?-and entered the front-room.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Beyond Bernardino Link sheered off the road and put the car to a long, low-rising slope.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Her gown was as thin as Mama’s sheers in the dining room.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • They resumed travel, sheering off to the right and keeping to the edge of the intersecting canuon.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • The canyon had widened, and the creek with its deep thicket of green and white had sheered to the left.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • She was certain her eyes wheeled like a panicked horse’s when Trina tested her cropping sheers.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • For half a mile the flock kept to the trail, then, as if by common consent, they sheered off to the right.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • The boat sheered out with a rush, and the hunter steadied it to a parallel course some twenty feet from the side of the Ghost.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • All the passengers had been packed tidily into the boats and shoved clear of the ship, when Bob sheered alongside again and scrambled back on deck to fetch that girl.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • There came intervals when he was free of that lowered battering head; and during the last of these he sheered away among the stragglers of the herd, leaving the field to the victor.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • The car wobbled in the sound booms of highballing trucks, drivers perched in tall cabs with food, drink, dope and pornography, and the rigs seemed to draw the little car down the pike in their sheering wind.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Nothing was more natural than that they should speak of Gray Stoddard’s disappearance, since Watauga, Cottonville, and the mountains above were full of the topic; yet husband and wife sheered from it in a sort of terror.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Then it seemed that the herd moved in a great curve, a huge half-moon with the points of head and tail almost opposite, and a mile apart But Lassiter relentlessly crowded the leaders, sheering them to the left, turning them little by little.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • But damn the bit of manners has the fellow, any more than if he was one of them Guineas down in the kitchen there; and so as he was sheering nearer, every stretch he made toward the house, I could do no better than to let your honor know that the chap was in the offing.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • THE WOMAN: You had two boxes of size nine sheers for me, and I want them!
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • When, far up the track, the block signal snapped from red to green and the long, stabbing probe of the headlight sheered the bend and blared on the station, men looked at their watches and said, "On time.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • …being left alive in it, and they badly wounded), the chief galley of John Andrea, on board of which I and my company were placed, came to its relief, and doing as was bound to do in such a case, I leaped on board the enemy’s galley, which, sheering off from that which had attacked it, prevented my men from following me, and so I found myself alone in the midst of my enemies, who were in such numbers that I was unable to resist; in short I was taken, covered with wounds; El Uchali, as…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Above sheered the black, gold-patched slopes, steep and unscalable, rising to buttresses of dark, iron-hued rock.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • And a blaze of fire, a burst of molten gold, sheered up from behind the rim of cloud and suddenly poured a sea of sunlight from east to west.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • He sheered to the left again, in line with the rocky barrier, and kept on, wondering what the next mile would bring.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • The green and red rock wall sheered ponderously near: The waterfall showed first at the notch of a fissure, where the cliff split; and down over smooth places the water gleamed, to narrow in a crack with little drops, and suddenly to leap into a thin white sheet.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • The fire had been hid by sheering towards the shore, and the latter was nearer, perhaps, than was desirable.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Steep black-cindered slope, with its soft gray patches of grass, sheered down and down, and out in rolling slope to merge upon a cedar-dotted level.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • By this time, now and then sheering to one side or the other to avoid a reef, but still hugging the wind and the land, we had got round Iona and begun to come alongside Mull.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • At last the train sheered away from the broad Hudson and entered the environs of New York.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Later that day, still undaunted, he sheered again toward the trap-wall, and found that the nearer he approached to the place where he had come down into the brake the greater his danger.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • With such feelings she gave a sweep with her paddle, and sheered off from the fringe of dark hemlocks beneath the shades of which she was so near entering, and held her way again, more towards the centre of the lake.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
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  • Are you mocking me with sheer lunacy?
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • I didn’t cut this fella off for the sheer unadulterated pleasure of it, although it is an excellent weight-loss strategy.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars

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  • Ivan Jakovlevitch at first let his hands fall from sheer astonishment; then he rubbed his eyes and began to feel it.
    Nikolai Gogol  --  The Nose
  • I tried not to look down at the yawning void under my feet, but the sheer size of the chasm made me dizzy.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • The power of the ballot we need in sheer self-defence,—else what shall save us from a second slavery?
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Just with the sheer force of my own awesomeness.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • She was shouting in sheer desperation.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • When he started out, he felt, he had been too impressed by sheer physical talent and insufficiently respectful of actual on-field achievement.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Because there is nothing like the sheer power of numbers to scrub away layers of confusion and contradiction.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Immediately in front of him, Bigwig and Dandelion were staring out from the sheer edge of a high bank, and below the bank ran a stream.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down

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  • One con— gressman opposed having a fair at all and out of sheer cussedness voted for Cumberland Gap.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Margaery wore the same gown she had worn to marry Joffrey, an airy confection of sheer ivory silk, Myrish lace, and seed pearls.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Underneath, a sheer white linen tunic covered her to midthigh.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • She ran out of the room, and Mary stood by the fire and twisted her thin little hands together with sheer pleasure.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • They stumbled numbly on, many times falling down into the snow from sheer fatigue and old age.
    Velma Wallis  --  Two Old Women
  • The sheer volume of training for a space mission is astounding.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • In eighteen nineteen—Rufus was right—it was sheer insanity.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • But the Rangora, Ogut, Barche and Ananancauimor each had military forces that, in sheer number, dwarfed the Glatun.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Right before I told him he should go, I was pretty sure I’d made a sound that was a cross between a sigh of sheer bliss and a moan of ecstasy.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • The car swerves to avoid him, and by sheer luck Connor’s momentum takes him just a few inches out of the Caddy’s path.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • When I walked into the Great Room with May by my side, I was stunned by the sheer beauty before me.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • It was widening quickly, the jagged crack becoming a vast chasm with sheer sides that dropped away into shadow.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • There’s a tipping point when the sheer volume of death overwhelms you.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • As I gazed up at its sheer cliffs, tops disappearing in a reef of ghostly clouds, the idea that this was a magical place didn’t seem so ridiculous.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Through it all, Ben continued to teach me mental exercises that I was half convinced he constructed out of sheer meanness.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • It was her bodily presence, the sheer, becoming whatness of her limbs and skin and face and eyes.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Over and over, hour after hour, the men moved, hauling the ship by the sheer force of straining muscle and gasping breath.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Rising straight and sheer from the water, a thousand feet into the night.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Thanks to his hard work, his innate ability, and his sheer determination, he was frequently promoted.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • To his left was a sheer drop.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • On either side was a sheer wall of dark reddish stone, glistening with dampness.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • Through sheer effort in her panic she made it.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • A sheer glass door fronted it.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Anything built here, an unrelenting desert, was an act of sheer will imposed on territory unsuited for habitation.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The hem of a sheer curtain brushed a windowsill.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The other servants make themselves scarce, moving to an elevated platform surrounded by sheer curtains.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Before the blow could land, Sorcha shoved him back with sheer force of will.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Here is the consequence of being buried alive: she has thrown herself away upon that boor from sheer ignorance that better individuals existed!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Suddenly he began writing in sheer panic, only imperfectly aware of what he was setting down.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • A fountain of books sprang down upon Montag as he climbed shuddering up the sheer stair-well.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • No motives but motives of sheer patriotism?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • "Why, Mr. Razumihin, I do believe you’d let anybody beat you from sheer benevolence."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • In a school carried on by sheer cruelty, whether it is presided over by a dunce or not, there is not likely to be much learnt.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Gabriel meditated, and so deeply that he brought small furrows into his forehead by sheer force of reverie.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Silent Man seemed even more clumsy than usual, and drank champagne with regularity and determination out of sheer nervousness.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Himmelstoss maintained that it was sheer laziness and invented a method worthy of himself for curing Tjaden.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The other girls in her dormitory marveled at the slightness of her body when they saw her in sheer negligee, or darting out wet from a shower-bath.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • It is…it is sheer insanity, if you don’t mind.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He was crying with sheer rage and eagerness as he circled back and forth for a chance to spring in.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
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