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- In a sharp manner.
- 2011 November 11, Rory Houston, “Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland”, in RTE Sport:
- Walters tried a long range shot in the third minute as he opened the game sharply, linking well with Robbie Keane, but goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko gathered the ball with ease.
- 2023 November 15, Paul Clifton, “Early responses to Scottish fares trial”, in RAIL, number 996, pages 44-45:
- Hynes is careful to direct the credit to his paymasters in the Scottish Government, whose ambitions for rail contrast increasingly sharply with those in Westminster.
- (to describe breathing) Suddenly and intensely like a gasp, but typically as the result of an emotional reaction.
- In an intellectually alert and penetrating manner.
- 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in The Cuckoo in the Nest:
- Peter, after the manner of man at the breakfast table, had allowed half his kedgeree to get cold and was sniggering over a letter. Sophia looked at him sharply. The only letter she had received was from her mother. Sophia's mother was not a humourist.
- 2013 June 18, Simon Romero, “Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders”, in New York Times, retrieved 21 June 2013:
- The economy has slowed to a pale shadow of its growth in recent years; inflation is high, the currency is declining sharply against the dollar — but the expectations of Brazilians have rarely been higher, feeding broad intolerance with corruption, bad schools and other government failings.
- Of speech, delivered in a stern or harsh tone.
- 1956 , Johanna Spyri, Heidi, translation of original by Eileen Hall, page 99:
- Before long Tinette stuck her head round the door, and said sharply, 'You're to go to the study.'