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adjective sheer pronunciation in American English /ʃɪr/
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    [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 weight of numbers (=the simple fact of being much greater in number): In the end, they overcame the enemy through sheer weight of numbers.
    (by) sheer luck/coincidence: By sheer coincidence, we ended up working for the same company.
    sheer delight/joy/exhaustion etc.: He sat down and wept out of sheer joy.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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