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sheer
used in Lord of the Flies

2 meanings, 2 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
a sheer cliff
Definition
so steep it is almost vertical
  • So they proceeded after that as if they were climbing a dangerous mountain, until the rocks became an uncompromising cliff, overhung with impossible jungle and falling sheer into the sea.
    p. 117.1
sheer = so steeply as to be almost vertical
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2  —1 use as in:
sheered to the left
Definition
change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
  • ...and when one tried to get the thing straight the argument sheered off, bringing up fresh, unpleasant matter.
    p. 88.9
sheered = abruptly changed direction
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