shirtsleeve
I. noun Date: circa 1566 the sleeve of a shirt II. adjective also shirtsleeves or shirtsleeved Date: 1842 1. a. being without a coat <
a shirtsleeve spectator
>
b. calling for the removal of coats for the sake of comfort or efficiency <
shirtsleeve weather
>
2. marked by informality and directness <
shirtsleeve diplomacy
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • shirtsleeve — noun The part of a shirt that covers the arms …   Wiktionary

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  • shirtsleeve — noun the sleeve of a shirt. Phrases in (one s) shirtsleeves wearing a shirt with nothing over it. Derivatives shirtsleeved adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • shirtsleeve — /ˈʃɜtsliv/ (say shertsleev) noun 1. the sleeve of a shirt. –phrase 2. in shirtsleeves, wearing a shirt as one s outermost upper garment …   Australian English dictionary

  • shirtsleeve — see from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • shirtsleeve — n. (usu. in pl.) the sleeve of a shirt. Phrases and idioms: in shirtsleeves wearing a shirt with no jacket etc. over it …   Useful english dictionary

  • shirt·sleeves — ↑shirtsleeve …   Useful english dictionary

  • shirtsleeved — adjective see shirtsleeve II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shirtsleeves — adjective see shirtsleeve II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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