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adjective sheer pronunciation in British English /ʃɪə(r)/

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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 organization.

    sheer delight/joy/exhaustion etc:

    He sat down and wept out of sheer joy.

    sheer hell/torture:

    The journey to work every day was sheer hell.

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used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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