I shuffle through the sheet music, avoiding tunes in keys with more than two Sharps or flats, until I hit on “Old Shanghai.”
Feather had recorded as a pianist, and although he would never put Oscar Peterson out of business, he knew his Sharps and flats.
We waste untold time and untold millions of dollars on a tedious fixation with blades and Sharps.
He snatched up a Sharps revolver that was lying near and fired four times at his step-son.
It concerns the magistrate to defend the flats; to punish the Sharps.
After ending a recitative in a flat key, he will suddenly begin an air in three or four Sharps; and this by way of novelty.
The big Sharps boomed; the saddles emptied to their booming.
The explanation of the fire in Mr. Sharps office eluded Laura, however, as it did everybody else.
One accustomed to the Sharps of the legal profession can do this sort of thing.
Signature: Sharps or flats used as signatures affect the staff degrees they occupy and all octaves of the same.
type of breech-loading single-shot rifle, 1850, from J. Christian Sharps (1811-1874), U.S. gunsmith.
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.