To laugh up one's sleeve
Sleeve Sleeve, n. [OE. sleeve, sleve, AS. sl?fe, sl?fe; akin to sl?fan to put on, to clothe; cf. OD. sloove the turning up of anything, sloven to turn up one's sleeves, sleve a sleeve, G. schlaube a husk, pod.] 1. The part of a garment which covers the arm; as, the sleeve of a coat or a gown. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. A narrow channel of water. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The Celtic Sea, called oftentimes the Sleeve. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mach.) (a) A tubular part made to cover, sustain, or steady another part, or to form a connection between two parts. (b) A long bushing or thimble, as in the nave of a wheel. (c) A short piece of pipe used for covering a joint, or forming a joint between the ends of two other pipes. [1913 Webster]

4. (Elec.) A double tube of copper, in section like the figure 8, into which the ends of bare wires are pushed so that when the tube is twisted an electrical connection is made. The joint thus made is called

{a McIntire joint}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Sleeve button}, a detachable button to fasten the wristband or cuff.

{Sleeve links}, two bars or buttons linked together, and used to fasten a cuff or wristband.

{To laugh in the sleeve} or {To laugh up one's sleeve} to laugh privately or unperceived, especially while apparently preserving a grave or serious demeanor toward the person or persons laughed at; that is, perhaps, originally, by hiding the face in the wide sleeves of former times.

{To pinon the sleeve of}, or {To hang on the sleeve of}, to be, or make, dependent upon. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To laugh up one's sleeve — Laugh Laugh (l[aum]f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Laughed} (l[aum]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Laughing}.] [OE. laughen, laghen, lauhen, AS. hlehhan, hlihhan, hlyhhan, hliehhan; akin to OS. hlahan, D. & G. lachen, OHG. hlahhan, lahhan, lahh[=e]n, Icel.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laugh up one's sleeve — or[laugh in one s sleeve] or[laugh in one s beard] To be amused but not show it; hide your laughter. * /He was laughing up his sleeve when Joe answered the phone because he knew the call would he a joke./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • laugh up one's sleeve — or[laugh in one s sleeve] or[laugh in one s beard] To be amused but not show it; hide your laughter. * /He was laughing up his sleeve when Joe answered the phone because he knew the call would he a joke./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • laugh\ up\ one's\ sleeve — • laugh up one s sleeve • laugh in one s sleeve • laugh in one s beard To be amused but not show it; hide your laughter. He was laughing up his sleeve when Joe answered the phone because he knew the call would be a joke …   Словарь американских идиом

  • laugh\ in\ one's\ sleeve — • laugh up one s sleeve • laugh in one s sleeve • laugh in one s beard To be amused but not show it; hide your laughter. He was laughing up his sleeve when Joe answered the phone because he knew the call would be a joke …   Словарь американских идиом

  • up\ one's\ sleeve — • up one s sleeve • in one s sleeve adv. phr. 1. Hidden in the sleeve of one s shirt or coat and ready for secret or wrongful use. The crooked gambler hid aces up his sleeve during the card game so that he would win. 2. informal Kept secretly… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • up one's sleeve — or[in one s sleeve] {adv. phr.} 1. Hidden in the sleeve of one s shirt or coat and ready for secret or wrongful use. * /The crooked gambler hid aces up his sleeve during the card game so that he would win./ 2. {informal} Kept secretly ready for… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • up one's sleeve — or[in one s sleeve] {adv. phr.} 1. Hidden in the sleeve of one s shirt or coat and ready for secret or wrongful use. * /The crooked gambler hid aces up his sleeve during the card game so that he would win./ 2. {informal} Kept secretly ready for… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • laugh in one's sleeve — phrasal or laugh up one s sleeve also laugh in one s beard : to become inwardly elated : congratulate oneself secretly (as on having successfully played a trick on someone) …   Useful english dictionary

  • up one's sleeve — phrasal : held secretly in reserve has an emergency plan up his sleeve * * * up one s sleeve To laugh privately or unperceived ● sleeve * * * (of a strategy, idea, or resource) kept secret and in reserve for use when needed he was new to the game …   Useful english dictionary

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