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

  Sheer \Sheer\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sheered; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Sheering.] [D. sheren to shear, cut, withdraw, warp. See
     To decline or deviate from the line of the proper course; to
     turn aside; to swerve; as, a ship sheers from her course; a
     horse sheers at a bicycle.
     [1913 Webster]
     To sheer off, to turn or move aside to a distance; to move
     To sheer up, to approach obliquely.
        [1913 Webster]

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