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as in:  a sheer cliff

Be careful on that road. There is a sheer drop-off on the right.
  so steep it is almost vertical
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sheer sheerness sheerly sheerer sheerest
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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.
  • 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

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  • ...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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