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  ( sharps    plural)   ( sharper    comparative)   ( sharpest    superlative  )
1       adj   A sharp point or edge is very thin and can cut through things very easily. A sharp knife, tool, or other object has a point or edge of this kind.,   (Antonym: blunt)    The other end of the twig is sharpened into a sharp point to use as a toothpick..., Using a sharp knife, cut away the pith and peel from both fruits...     
2       adj   You can describe a shape or an object as sharp if part of it or one end of it comes to a point or forms an angle.  
His nose was thin and sharp.     
3       adj   A sharp bend or turn is one that changes direction suddenly.   (=tight)  
I was approaching a fairly sharp bend that swept downhill to the left.     
      Sharp is also an adverb., adv   ADV adv  
Do not cross the bridge but turn sharp left to go down on to the towpath.     
  sharply      adv   ADV after v  
Room number nine was at the far end of the corridor where it turned sharply to the right.     
4       adj   If you describe someone as sharp, you are praising them because they are quick to notice, hear, understand, or react to things.,   (approval)    He is very sharp, a quick thinker and swift with repartee...     
5       adj   If someone says something in a sharp way, they say it suddenly and rather firmly or angrily, for example because they are warning or criticizing you.  
That ruling had drawn sharp criticism from civil rights groups.     
  sharply      adv   ADV with v, ADV adj  
`You've known,' she said sharply, `and you didn't tell me?'     
6       adj   A sharp change, movement, or feeling occurs suddenly, and is great in amount, force, or degree.  
There's been a sharp rise in the rate of inflation..., He felt a sharp pain in the abductor muscle in his right thigh.     
  sharply      adv   ADV with v, ADV adj  
Unemployment among the over forties has risen sharply in recent years...     
7       adj   A sharp difference, image, or sound is very easy to see, hear, or distinguish.  
usu ADJ n  
Many people make a sharp distinction between humans and other animals..., We heard a voice sing out in a clear, sharp tone.     
  sharply      adv   usu ADV with v, also ADV adj  
Opinions on this are sharply divided...     
8       adj   A sharp taste or smell is rather strong or bitter, but is often also clear and fresh.  
...a colourless, almost odourless liquid with a sharp, sweetish taste...     
9       adv   Sharp is used after stating a particular time to show that something happens at exactly the time stated.  
n ADV   (=precisely)  
She planned to unlock the store at 8.00 sharp this morning.     
10       n-count   Sharp is used after a letter representing a musical note to show that the note should be played or sung half a tone higher. Sharp is often represented by the symbol <sharp>.  
usu n N     (Antonym: flat)    A solitary viola plucks a lonely, soft F sharp.     

1       adj   A cutting tool that is razor-sharp is extremely sharp.  
usu ADJ n  
...a razor sharp butcher's knife.     
2       adj   If you describe someone or someone's mind as razor-sharp, you mean that they have a very accurate and clear understanding of things.  
...his razor-sharp intelligence.     
A sharp-eyed person is good at noticing and observing things.      adj   usu ADJ n  
A sharp-eyed shop assistant spotted the fake.     
sharp practice     
You can use sharp practice to refer to an action or a way of behaving, especially in business or professional matters, that you think is clever but dishonest.      n-uncount  
He accused some solicitors of sharp practice.     
sharp tongue        ( sharp tongues    plural  ) If you say that someone has a sharp tongue, you are critical of the fact that they say things which are unkind though often clever.      n-count  
Despite her sharp tongue, she inspires loyalty from her friends.     
If you describe someone as sharp-tongued, you being critical of them for speaking in a way which is unkind though often clever.      adj   usu ADJ n     (disapproval)    Julia was a very tough, sharp-tongued woman.     
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