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British English: /ʃɪə/
American English: /ʃɪr/

Translation of sheer in French:


  • 1 (pure, unadulterated)
    (boredom, desperation, hypocrisy, immorality, panic, stupidity)
    it was sheer coincidence/luck
    c'était pure coïncidence/chance
    out of sheer malice/stupidity
    par pure méchanceté/bêtise
    it is sheer lunacy to do/on his part
    c'est pure folie de faire/de sa part
    to cry out in sheer amazement/happiness
    pousser un cri de stupeur/bonheur
    to succeed by sheer bravery/determination/hard work
    réussir uniquement grâce à son courage/sa détermination/son acharnement au travail
    by sheer accident
    tout à fait par accident
  • 2 (utter) See examples: the sheer immensity/volume of it is incredible
    son immensité/volume même est incroyable
  • 3 (steep)
    (cliff, rockface)
    à pic


  • (rise, fall)
    à pic

Phrasal verbs

sheer away

sheer off
to sheer away ou off to the right/left
effectuer un virage à droite/gauche

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