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He extracted a fifty-dollar certificate from the sheaf, and handed it over.

Joshua supporting the case against his thigh, got out a sheaf of papers.

Here is a specimen, taken at random from the first month's sheaf.

There was an ink-horn, a box of pounce, some quills, and a sheaf of paper there.

He had fished from his pocket a sheaf of clippings and was perusing them intently.

Lancaster's eyes skimmed down the sheaf of papers she handed him.

The Moujik began to thresh: from every sheaf he got a peck of grain.

I myself will give a new long-bow and a sheaf of arrows to the best jumper of you all.

Mr. Puttock's voice droned on, and his sheaf of notes rustled in his hand.

In that sheaf was the harvest mouse, bruised but alive, a prisoner in the dark.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English sceaf (plural sceafas) "large bundle of corn," from Proto-Germanic *skauf- (cf. Old Saxon scof, Middle Dutch scoof, Dutch schoof, Old High German scoub "sheaf, bundle," German Schaub "sheaf;" Old Norse skauf "fox's tail;" Gothic skuft "hair on the head," German Schopf "tuft"), from PIE root *(s)keup- "cluster, tuft, hair of the head." Extended to bundles of things other than grain by c.1300. Also used in Middle English for "two dozen arrows." General sense of "a collection" is from 1728.

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