Romney appeared to try to take some of the sharper edges off his stump speech Wednesday.
sharper asserts that all of the sex was consensual and even points to a previous sexual relationship with some of the victims.
After Dookie, it meant something different—something brighter and sharper; something more melodic and even more romantic.
As part of the writing team on Blazing Saddles, he gave its parody of the Western a sharper political edge.
In the United States, where civil liberties are even more jealously guarded, the thorns are likely to be sharper still.
"I have got a sharper knife," said he, drawing his penknife out of his pocket.
Could one find a sharper contrast than existed between these two?
So too—with a sharper pang—did the love hunger in Arúna's eyes.
Gaiety returned to him; his infernal tongue got sharper in these long hours of idleness.
They met on the ground, and Boisseuil received two desperate wounds from the sharper.
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.