They would be instantly detected among people who have learnt anything at all of sharping.
So, in like manner, is it with the really great expert in sharping.
And that you got all your Fortune by biting and sharping, extortion and cheating.
Alhama abounded with hawking, sharping, idle hangers-on, eager to profit by the vices and follies of the garrison.
Syne I pulled out the little drawer, and got the sharping strap, the which I fastened to my button.
This principle has been the basis of all the 'new and improved' systems that have been put before the sharping public ever since.
These facts constitute a complete answer to the assertion that this book will tend to increase the practice of sharping.
In sharping, like everything else, 'the old order changeth, giving place to new.'
Old English scearp "having a cutting edge; pointed; intellectually acute, active, shrewd; keen (of senses); severe; biting, bitter (of tastes)," from Proto-Germanic *skarpaz, literally "cutting" (cf. Old Saxon scarp, Old Norse skarpr, Old Frisian skerp, Dutch scherp, German scharf "sharp"), from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (cf. Lettish skarbs "sharp," Middle Irish cerb "cutting;" see shear).
The figurative meaning "acute or penetrating in intellect or perception" was in Old English; hence "keenly alive to one's own interests, quick to take advantage" (1690s). Of words or talk, "cutting, sarcastic," from early 13c. Meaning "distinct in contour" is from 1670s. The adverbial meaning "abruptly" is from 1836; that of "promptly" is first attested 1840. The musical meaning "half step above (a given tone)" is from 1570s. Meaning "stylish" is from 1944, hepster slang, from earlier general slang sense of "excellent" (1940). Phrase sharp as a tack first recorded 1912 (sharp as a needle has been around since Old English). Sharp-shinned attested from 1704 of persons, 1813 of hawks.