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sheer
used in The Great Gatsby

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
a sheer blouse
Definition
typically of fabric:  very thin and delicate — often transparent
  • He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel, which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many-colored disarray.
    p. 92.4
sheer = thin
There are no more uses of "sheer" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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2  —2 uses as in:
sheer fun
Definition
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
  • I was on my way to get roaring drunk from sheer embarrassment when Jordan Baker came out of the house and stood at the head of the marble steps, leaning a little backward and looking with contemptuous interest down into the garden.
    p. 42.6
sheer = complete
  • It was sharply different from the West, where an evening was hurried from phase to phase toward its close, in a continually disappointed anticipation or else in sheer nervous dread of the moment itself.
    p. 12.6
sheer = complete
There are no more uses of "sheer" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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