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William sharp

William (“Fiona Macleod”) 1855?–1905, Scottish poet and critic.
Historical Examples

Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events S. Baring-Gould
Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
William Sharp (Fiona Macleod) Elizabeth A. Sharp
Vanishing Roads and Other Essays Richard Le Gallienne
Among Famous Books John Kelman
Vanishing Roads and Other Essays Richard Le Gallienne
The Brownings Lilian Whiting
Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events S. Baring-Gould
Among Famous Books John Kelman
Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events S. Baring-Gould

having a keen edge suitable for cutting
having an edge or point; not rounded or blunt
involving a sudden change, esp in direction: a sharp bend
moving, acting, or reacting quickly, efficiently, etc: sharp reflexes
clearly defined
mentally acute; clever; astute
sly or artful; clever in an underhand way: sharp practice
bitter or harsh: sharp words
shrill or penetrating: a sharp cry
having an acrid taste
keen; biting: a sharp wind, sharp pain

(immediately postpositive) denoting a note that has been raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone: B sharp
(of an instrument, voice, etc) out of tune by being or tending to be too high in pitch Compare flat1 (sense 23)

(phonetics) a less common word for fortis

too smart

at the sharp end, involved in the area of any activity where there is most difficulty, competition, danger, etc
in a sharp manner
exactly: six o’clock sharp

higher than a standard pitch
out of tune by being or tending to be too high in pitch: she sings sharp Compare flat1 (sense 29)


an accidental that raises the pitch of the following note by one chromatic semitone Usual symbol ♯
a note affected by this accidental Compare flat1 (sense 35)

a thin needle with a sharp point
(informal) a sharper
(usually pl) any medical instrument with sharp point or edge, esp a hypodermic needle
(transitive) (music, US & Canadian) to raise the pitch of (a note), esp by one chromatic semitone Usual equivalent in Britain and certain other countries) sharpen
(South African, slang) an exclamation of full agreement or approval
Cecil (James). 1859–1924, British musician, best known for collecting, editing, and publishing English folk songs

Stylish; of the latest and most sophisticated sort: He wore bow ties and sharp suits (1940+ Jive talk)
Good; excellent; admirable; cool: I sound like everything was sharp (1940+ Jive talk)

An expert, esp at card games; pro: Hurstwood’s a regular sharp (1840+)
(also sharper) A confidence trickster; a swindler, esp a dishonest card player; cardsharp (1688+)

Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice

sharp as a tack
sharp practice


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