Origin of sharpen
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Examples from the Web for sharpen
Despite a dizzying number of women coming forward against her husband, Camille Cosby refuses to sharpen her blade of vengeance.Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?
December 17, 2014
It took practice for Hayes to sharpen his show, Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler
November 14, 2014
Our feeble attempts to push back the Grim Reaper only sharpen its cruel bite, not dull it.The New World of Anti-Aging Dentistry
June 4, 2014
You live, acquire wisdom, sharpen your own awareness, and pursue your understanding of a good and meaningful life.He Left Nirvana Because He Had Cooler Things to Do. Like Going to Iraq.
April 12, 2014
She speaks in thick paragraphs that her staffers probably wish they could condense and sharpen at times.Could a Pro-Pot Lesbian Become the Next Governor of Maryland?
March 11, 2014
If you were envied, why should you sharpen envy, and file up its teeth to an edge?Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Why should they brighten their tomahawks and sharpen their knives against each other?The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
I know for a fact that Sergeant Martin had no less than nine pen-knives to sharpen.The Field of Ice
You sharpen your wits on other people's, and you keep in touch with all kinds of opinions.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Twas unkind in my uncle to sharpen his appetite with red rum.The Cruise of the Shining Light
- to make or become sharp or sharper
- music to raise the pitch of (a note), esp by one chromatic semitoneUsual US and Canadian word: sharp
Word Origin and History for sharpen
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper