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sheaf (noun) a number of pieces of paper tied or held together; a bunch of corn or wheat stalks tied together.
A sheaf of papers is a bundle of papers [documents] tied or held as a bunch. We talk of a sheaf of corn or wheat when we mean a bundle of corn or wheat stalks tied together.
- The lawyer waved at the prisoners a sheaf of papers, which he claimed were documents showing his involvement in the crime.
- Sheaves of corn lay on the ground, with none to take care of them. They were bundles of corn stalk tied together and thrown helter-skelter in the field.