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 for To break sheer
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sheer \Sheer\, n.
     1. (Naut.)
        (a) The longitudinal upward curvature of the deck,
            gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from
            the side.
        (b) The position of a vessel riding at single anchor and
            swinging clear of it.
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     2. A turn or change in a course.
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              Give the canoe a sheer and get nearer to the shore.
                                                    --Cooper.
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     3. pl. Shears See Shear.
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     Sheer batten (Shipbuilding), a long strip of wood to guide
        the carpenters in following the sheer plan.
  
     Sheer boom, a boom slanting across a stream to direct
        floating logs to one side.
  
     Sheer hulk. See Shear hulk, under Hulk.
  
     Sheer plan, or Sheer draught (Shipbuilding), a projection
        of the lines of a vessel on a vertical longitudinal plane
        passing through the middle line of the vessel.
  
     Sheer pole (Naut.), an iron rod lashed to the shrouds just
        above the dead-eyes and parallel to the ratlines.
  
     Sheer strake (Shipbuilding), the strake under the gunwale
        on the top side. --Totten.
  
     To break sheer (Naut.), to deviate from sheer, and risk
        fouling the anchor.
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