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sheer
used in 1984 by Orwell

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —4 uses as in:
sheer fun
Definition
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
  • Suddenly he began writing in sheer panic, only imperfectly aware of what he was setting down.
    p. 8.4
sheer = complete (used for emphasis)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • At the beginning he had no feeling except sheer incredulity.
    p. 120.2
  • sheer = complete (used for emphasis)
  • It had been a rash act to come here at all, and sheer folly to arrive together; though it was true that they had come by different routes and only met on O'Brien's doorstep.
    p. 167.8
  • sheer = complete (used for emphasis)
  • He felt certain that O'Brien was about to twist the dial out of sheer wantonness.
    p. 253.6
sheer = pure — without other reasons
There are no more uses of "sheer" flagged with this meaning in 1984 by Orwell.

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2  —1 use as in:
a sheer cliff
Definition
so steep it is almost vertical
  • It was a sheer drop of ten or twenty metres, with boulders at the bottom.
    p. 134.3
sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
There are no more uses of "sheer" flagged with this meaning in 1984 by Orwell.

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