To sheer off
Sheer Sheer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sheered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sheering}.] [D. sheren to shear, cut, withdraw, warp. See {Shear}.] To decline or deviate from the line of the proper course; to turn aside; to swerve; as, a ship sheers from her course; a horse sheers at a bicycle. [1913 Webster]

{To sheer off}, to turn or move aside to a distance; to move away.

{To sheer up}, to approach obliquely. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To sheer up — Sheer Sheer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sheered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sheering}.] [D. sheren to shear, cut, withdraw, warp. See {Shear}.] To decline or deviate from the line of the proper course; to turn aside; to swerve; as, a ship sheers from her… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sheer off — ˌsheer ˈoff ˌsheer a ˈway [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they sheer off he/she/it sheers off present participle sh …   Useful english dictionary

  • sheer off — phrasal verb sheer off or sheer away [intransitive] Word forms sheer off : present tense I/you/we/they sheer off he/she/it sheers off present participle sheering off past tense sheered off past participle sheered off to change direction very… …   English dictionary

  • sheer off (from something) — ˌsheer aˈway/ˈoff (from sth) derived to change direction suddenly, especially in order to avoid hitting sth • The car sheered away, just missing the bike. • (figurative) Her mind sheered away from images she did not wish to dwell on …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sheer — Sheer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sheered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sheering}.] [D. sheren to shear, cut, withdraw, warp. See {Shear}.] To decline or deviate from the line of the proper course; to turn aside; to swerve; as, a ship sheers from her course; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sheer away — ˌsheer ˈoff ˌsheer a ˈway [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they sheer off he/she/it sheers off prese …   Useful english dictionary

  • sheer — sheer1 [ ʃır ] adjective ** 1. ) only before noun used for emphasizing the amount or degree of something: Maya succeeded through sheer hard work. the sheer size/volume etc. of something: We were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work. sheer… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sheer away — phrasal verb sheer off or sheer away [intransitive] Word forms sheer off : present tense I/you/we/they sheer off he/she/it sheers off present participle sheering off past tense sheered off past participle sheered off to change direction very… …   English dictionary

  • sheer — sheer1 [ʃıə US ʃır] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from Old Norse skArr pure ] 1.) the sheer weight/size etc used to emphasize that something is very heavy, large etc the sheer weight/size etc of ▪ The sheer size of the country makes… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sheer — 1 adjective 1 sheer luck/happiness/stupidity etc luck, happiness etc with no other feeling or quality mixed with it: It was sheer bliss not having to get up. | sheer hypocrisy 2 the sheer weight/size etc of used to emphasize how heavy, big etc… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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