1 A bundle of grain stalks laid lengthways and tied together after reaping.
1.1 A bundle of objects of one kind, especially papers.
Old English scēaf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schoof ‘sheaf’ and German Schaub ‘wisp of straw’, also to the verb shove.
The chief thief grabbed the sheaf.
He wrapped it all in a banana leaf.
When he found that it wasn’t bearer bonds,
He knew he’d get nothing but grief.