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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHEET

And then she saw, on the sofa at one side of the place, a human form under a sheet.

It was evident that, in other seasons, this place was a sheet of water.

But you are ill, I know you are, you are as white as a sheet.

You are all in a flush, now, and have lain down this sheet and said aloud: 'What an idea!

Some are, as you see, upon one sheet, and some are in many pieces which may fasten together.

She was back again in the stuffy hotel room, clutching the sheet about her.

Linda laid the sheet on the table and dropped her hands on top of it.

And if I had seen a sheet flying around the yard I would have picked it up.

She had had a forlorn hope that he would throw down the sheet; but he did not.

He could not have helped realizing that any sheet of plans he found there must have been yours.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English sciete (West Saxon), scete (Mercian) "cloth, covering, towel, shroud," from Proto-Germanic *skautjon-, from *skauta- "project" (cf. Old Norse skaut, Gothic skauts "seam, hem of a garment;" Dutch schoot; German Schoß "bosom, lap"), from PIE root *skeud- "to shoot, chase, throw" (see shoot (v.)).

Sense of "piece of paper" first recorded c.1500; that of "any broad, flat surface" (of metal, open water, etc.) is from 1590s. Of falling rain from 1690s. Meaning "a newspaper" is first recorded 1749. Sheet lightning is attested from 1794; sheet music is from 1857. Between the sheets "in bed" (usually with sexual overtones) is attested from 1590s; to be white as a sheet is from 1751. The first element in sheet-anchor (late 15c.) appears to be a different word, of unknown origin.

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