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shirt-sleeve

or shirtsleeve, shirt-sleeved, shirt-sleeves

[shurt-sleev] /ˈʃɜrtˌsliv/
adjective
1.
not wearing a jacket; informally dressed:
a shirt-sleeve mob.
2.
warm enough to live or work in without wearing a jacket or coat:
shirt-sleeve weather in November.
3.
simple, plain, and informal; direct and straightforward in approach, manner, etc.:
shirt-sleeve diplomacy.
Origin of shirt-sleeve
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70
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  • But he had no pencil, or he could have written it on his shirt-sleeve.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • How did you get all that earth on your clothes and tear your shirt-sleeve?

    Growing Up Jennie M. Drinkwater
  • I perceived some spots of blood on his shirt-sleeve, and pointed them out to him.

  • So I must elbow in myself, and see what my shirt-sleeve diplomacy can do.

    The Hallowell Partnership Katharine Holland Brown
  • As he spoke he took off his coat and rolled up his shirt-sleeve.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • The youngest of the children is holding him by the shirt-sleeve.

    Peasant Tales of Russia V.I. Nemirovitch-Dantchenko
  • Leigh nodded, as he drew his shirt-sleeve down over his bandages.

    Cursed by a Fortune George Manville Fenn
  • Yes; so he got half a quart of brandy, and that he poured up his shirt-sleeve.

    Tales from the Fjeld P. Chr. Asbjrnsen
  • The wind dragged a shirt-sleeve from the 'popple' or pebble which held it down.

    The Well-Beloved Thomas Hardy
  • He rolled up his shirt-sleeve and compared the white underside if the arm with his face.

    Martin Eden Jack London

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