a sharp blow

brian&me

Senior Member
Chinese - China
The prisoner felt sorry for him, but there was nothing else he could do. As the man came near, the prisoner knocked him to the ground with a sharp blow. Then, jumping into the car, he drove off as quickly as he could.

(New Concept English 2, Longman)

I wonder if the ‘sharp’ means ‘quick’ or ‘strong’ or another sense.

Thanks a lot in advance.
 
  • brian&me

    Senior Member
    Chinese - China
    Thanks, friends.
    Maybe that 'sharp' in the OP could also be replaced with 'sudden'?
     

    Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    It was probably sudden, but that's not what exactly "sharp" means. The word "sharp" refers to the quick, "crisp" nature of the blow, not its suddenness. A quick blow is one that was delivered quickly by the striker. A sudden blow is one that was sudden or unexpected to the recipient.
     
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