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Maya succeeded through sheer hard work.
We were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work.
In the end, they overcame the enemy through sheer weight of numbers.
By sheer coincidence, we ended up working for the same organization.
He sat down and wept out of sheer joy.
The journey to work every day was sheer hell.
This is the British English definition of sheer. View American English definition of sheer.
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