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sheer
used in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

3 uses
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1  —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)
  • 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.
    Chapter 5 (90% in)

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  • But he felt less and less hopeful with each failure, and presently began to turn off into diverging avenues at sheer random, in desperate hope of finding the one that was wanted.
    Chapter 31 (27% in)
  • Tom, I wouldn't ever got into all this trouble if it hadn't 'a' ben for that money; now you just take my sheer of it along with your'n, and gimme a ten-center sometimes—not many times, becuz I don't give a dern for a thing 'thout it's tollable hard to git—and you go and beg off for me with the widder."
    Chapter 35 (63% in)

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