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adjective as in abrasive

adjective as in increasing

noun as in sharpness

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He said he thinks that the party would be better served by sharpening its message to low- and moderate-income voters of all races.

Dark night, flames from barrels, we are not sad, we are sharpening our knives.

While enrolled at FSU, he began sharpening his comedy routine.

“Pakistan is sharpening its knife to remove the Taliban like a cancer from its body,” he says.

Some extended primaries can help candidates, sharpening their views on various issues.

And indeed for most young men a college thesis is but an exercise for sharpening the wits, rarely dangerous in its later effects.

While thus engaged Uncle Dick came in and began sharpening his knife at the fireplace.

Across the fields came the sharpening of a scythe, the cry of the grasshoppers, and the sound of a mill-wheel arose near by.

Sharpening a stick, they pressed it into the sand as they walked along, and wherever it entered easily they would dig.

He approved of Parpon, and never lost a chance of sharpening his humour on the dwarf's impish whetstone of a tongue.


On this page you'll find 92 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to sharpening, such as: abrading, coarse, grinding, gritty, polishing, and rough.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.