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sharp

1. Music
a. denoting a note that has been raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone
b. (of an instrument, voice, etc.) out of tune by being or tending to be too high in pitch
2. Music
a. an accidental that raises the pitch of the following note by one chromatic semitone.
b. a note affected by this accidental
3. any medical instrument with sharp point or edge, esp a hypodermic needle

Sharp

Cecil (James). 1859--1924, British musician, best known for collecting, editing, and publishing English folk songs
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sharp

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The other replied that all his antagonist said was true, and that he did not choose to give him more than four reals because he very often gave him money; and that those who expected presents ought to be civil and take what is given them with a cheerful countenance, and not make any claim against winners unless they know them for certain to be sharpers and their winnings to be unfairly won; and that there could be no better proof that he himself was an honest man than his having refused to give anything; for sharpers always pay tribute to lookers-on who know them.
On the minor gambling houses your worship may exercise your power, and it is they that do most harm and shelter the most barefaced practices; for in the houses of lords and gentlemen of quality the notorious sharpers dare not attempt to play their tricks; and as the vice of gambling has become common, it is better that men should play in houses of repute than in some tradesman's, where they catch an unlucky fellow in the small hours of the morning and skin him alive."
Her teeth, in the dim, uncertain light, seemed longer and sharper than they had been in the morning.
Her breathing grew stertorous, the mouth opened, and the pale gums, drawn back, made the teeth look longer and sharper than ever.
But many of us have sharper, more distinct other-personalities.
No room there for little sharpers' tricks and bunco games.
He was so handicapped by illiteracy and by his trusting disposition that he would be an easy prey to sharpers. Grandmother begged him to stay among kindly, Christian people, where he was known; but there was no reasoning with him.
Experience had taught us some valuable things; among others, how to take care of ourselves, how to avoid and defeat sharks and sharpers, and how to conduct our own business for our own profit and without other people's help.
I could plainly discover whence one family derives a long chin; why a second has abounded with knaves for two generations, and fools for two more; why a third happened to be crack-brained, and a fourth to be sharpers; whence it came, what Polydore Virgil says of a certain great house, NEC VIR FORTIS, NEC FOEMINA CASTA; how cruelty, falsehood, and cowardice, grew to be characteristics by which certain families are distinguished as much as by their coats of arms; who first brought the pox into a noble house, which has lineally descended scrofulous tumours to their posterity.
Instead of longer hours, educators should facilitate 'sharper discussions,' she said at a press conference.
"My reflexes will be sharper and my speed will be much sharper."
You will see I will be a lot sharper. My reflexes will be sharper and my speed will be much sharper."