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1‘he whistled at the sheer audacity of the plan’
utter, complete, absolute, total, pure, perfect, downright, out-and-out, thorough, thoroughgoing, through and through, consummate, patent, surpassing, veritable, unqualified, unmitigated, unalloyed, unadulterated, unmixed
plain, simple, mere
British informal proper
NZ Australian informal fair
2‘there was a terrifying sheer drop to the sea’
precipitous, very steep, perpendicular, vertical, abrupt, bluff, sharp, vertiginous
rare acclivitous, declivitous, scarped
3‘a dress of sheer white silk chiffon’
diaphanous, gauzy, filmy, floaty, very thin, translucent, transparent, see-through, gossamer, gossamer-like, chiffony, insubstantial, ultra-fine, fine
1‘the boat sheered off to beach further along the coast’
swerve, swing, veer, slew, skew, change course, drift, yaw
stay on course
2‘her mind sheered away from images she didn't want to dwell on’
turn away, flinch, recoil, shy away
refuse to contemplate, avoid, evade
face up to
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