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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCARP

The first up, on clearing the scarp, have their eyes upon the Dutchman.

The scarp is about 40 feet high at the highest point; (Fig. 242).

There were several hits on the scarp, but none of the guns were touched.

There were several hits on the scarp, but none of the guns were in any way injured.

He was within an ace of capture, and to save himself was forced back from the scarp.

He stood beneath a scarp of black rock, notched with a single pass.

He slid down the scarp and went on, heartened by the increase of light.

A pale, level line of it cut across the scarp of the Big Hill.

A portion of the scarp was provided with palisades some ten feet high.

A fosse, flooded by the waters of the Angara, was dug between the scarp and counterscarp.

WORD ORIGIN

"steep slope," 1580s, from Italian scarpa "slope," probably from a Germanic source, perhaps Gothic skarpo "pointed object," from Proto-Germanic *skarpa- "cutting, sharp" (cf. Middle High German schroffe "sharp rock, crag," Old English scræf "cave, grave"), from PIE *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SCARP

cliff

nounoverhang on hill or mountain
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