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English definition of “sheer”

sheer

verb [I usually + adv/prep]     /ʃɪər/ US  /ʃɪr/
to change direction suddenly: I thought the boats were going to collide, but one sheered off/away at the last second.Changing direction
(Definition of sheer verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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