Well, we all know what a sheet is, it’s one of those things you put on a bed. A bottom sheet, a fitted sheet, a top sheet, flannelette sheet.
It could also be a piece of paper, e.g. pass me a sheet of paper please, only to get in reply, what size?
There can be a sheet of flames, best if you see one get away as fast as you can.
Of course, that fire can be put out by rain sheeting down.
You can have a sheet map, that is one that opens out. Funny how you can never get them folded back the same way. And a problem when you’re in a car and open it out – hang on, I can’t see out the window!
That lake is a lovely sheet of water, very still just as the sun comes up, and then, what a reflection. Great if you are a landscape painter.
Then there’s sheet metal, did that in school and wasn’t very good at it.
If you’re a philatelist, then there’s always a sheet of stamps, might be worth something in a hundred years’ time.
Then, if it is worth millions, you might turn white as a sheet with shock.
But the best of all, if you drink too much it is said you are ‘two sheets to the wind’.
When you’re given another chance, it is like being given a clean sheet.
And another form might be to do with sailing when you sheet a sail, which is to say you are making it either tauter or less taut.
English can be confusing sometimes, can’t it?
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