He was on the point of doing so once or twice, but sheered off to something else.
The Alabama sheered off and presented her starboard battery.
So it was a disappointment when Martin stumbled to his feet and sheered off with a threat of vengeance.
The second sheered off for a moment, but instantly returned to his friend.
Again the lion hesitated, again he sheered off, this time entering the bush.
"He's an ugly customer, Mr. Grafton," said the captain as we sheered off again.
It sheered nervously, but Powell gained the saddle and, with Traynor close beside him, they reached the moving herd.
I have got something belonging to you, Jem Green,' and he sheered off.
On reaching the Lenda River they had heard of the settlements of Ugarrowwa, and sheered 1887.
So she sheered off and the commanding officer did some hard thinking.
c.1200, "exempt, free from guilt" (e.g. Sheer Thursday, the Thursday of Holy Week); later schiere "thin, sparse" (c.1400), from Old English scir "bright, clear, gleaming; translucent; pure, unmixed," and influenced by Old Norse cognate scær "bright, clean, pure," both from Proto-Germanic *skeran- (cf. Old Saxon skiri, Old Frisian skire, German schier, Gothic skeirs "clean, pure"), from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).
Sense of "absolute, utter" (sheer nonsense) developed 1580s, probably from the notion of "unmixed;" that of "very steep" (a sheer cliff) is first recorded 1800, probably from notion of "continued without halting." Meaning "diaphanous" is from 1560s. As an adverb from c.1600.
1620s, "deviate from course" (of a ship), of obscure origin, perhaps from Dutch scheren "to move aside, withdraw, depart," originally "to separate" (see shear (v.)). Related: Sheered; shearing. As a noun from 1660s.