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adjective as in almost vertical; very steep

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adjective as in see-through, thin

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Choi In-shik, the secretary-general of a right-wing group organizing more rallies for next month, said it was a “sheer lie” for officials to blame the virus outbreak on the protests.

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Still, the sheer number of plausible Democratic pickup opportunities is surprising — and favorable for the party — given that the conventional wisdom in 2019 was that Democrats might have trouble finding enough targets to take the Senate.

On the one hand, the sheer number of uncertainties unique to 2020 indicate the possibility of a volatile election, but on the other hand, there are also a number of measures that signal lower uncertainty, like a very stable polling average.

One other reason for zero-click search’s increased prevalence is the sheer number of resources and tools that Google has at its disposal.

Another nifty reconstruction video made by Colonia Ostiensis, also captures the sheer scale of this ancient harbor city, which possibly reached its peak population of around 50,000 by 2nd century AD, at the apical stage of the Roman Empire.

Actors can inhabit the person through the sheer force of their assimilation.

We still retain the 27 November habit, through sheer gluttony more than anything else.

The Met is noteworthy not only for its house size, however, but for the sheer volume of its season.

Even Godzilla, the ugliest star attraction of them all, is bigger than ever, both at the box office and in sheer monstrous height.

The next 10 times after that, the sheer repetition made it funny again, like the famous Simpsons rake joke.

But the sheer quantity of the inflated currency and false money forces prices higher still.

In sheer nervousness, Hilda also dropped to her knees on the hearthrug, and began to worry the fire with the poker.

There is no other way but fresh blood for it is sheer human nature to feel flat after an effort.

A fifth by the sheer hazard of a lucky "deal" acquires a fortune without work at all.

By one bold charge they must have crushed the defenders, if by sheer weight of numbers alone.


On this page you'll find 160 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to sheer, such as: steep, erect, arduous, perpendicular, precipitous, and upright.

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