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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.


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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