Nor is there any of the finer definition that made them sharply “careless people.”
Even so, conditions are improving enough to sharply drive down the deficits projected for the next two years.
As Chideya pointed out, the key to Mustafa's success—besides his abs—is his sharply honed comic timing.
What is denied most sharply invariably turns out to be irrefutably true.
He sharply rebuked critics who describe what the Fed has done as “printing money.”
"Mr. Waterbury is a gentleman of veracity," said Alderman Morris sharply.
Bruce turned as sharply as if he had attacked a personal friend.
Whereupon he stopped and looking at me sharply asked if I knew how to bribe.
"Don't you burn your fingers with other people's fire," said Aurora, sharply.
"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.