Even so, conditions are improving enough to sharply drive down the deficits projected for the next two years.
What is denied most sharply invariably turns out to be irrefutably true.
Days began sharply at nine, and ended just as sharply at five.
In his remarks, Soufan sharply repudiated the harsh techniques he observed.
The big drop in corn production means, in the words of the report, a “sharply higher price outlook” for corn.
"Mr. Waterbury is a gentleman of veracity," said Alderman Morris sharply.
At the risk of overturning the machine he veered it sharply to the left.
Whereupon he stopped and looking at me sharply asked if I knew how to bribe.
Napoleon withdrew his hand as sharply as if a bee amid the fruit had stung him.
"Such people are hardly worth helping," Miss Morgan said sharply.
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.