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or shirtsleeve, shirt-sleeved, shirt-sleeves

[shurt-sleev] /ˈʃɜrtˌsliv/
not wearing a jacket; informally dressed:
a shirt-sleeve mob.
warm enough to live or work in without wearing a jacket or coat:
shirt-sleeve weather in November.
simple, plain, and informal; direct and straightforward in approach, manner, etc.:
shirt-sleeve diplomacy.
Origin of shirt-sleeve
First recorded in 1560-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Now this aloofness, this utterly detached attitude, was a pure invention of the shirt-sleeve statesman at home.

  • How did you get all that earth on your clothes and tear your shirt-sleeve?

    Growing Up Jennie M. Drinkwater
  • By the way, did no one ever ask why should any man, being of sound mind, write the current date on his shirt-sleeve?

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • The youngest of the children is holding him by the shirt-sleeve.

    Peasant Tales of Russia V.I. Nemirovitch-Dantchenko
  • Paul scrambled quickly down with his basket, tearing his shirt-sleeve as he did so.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • Yes; so he got half a quart of brandy, and that he poured up his shirt-sleeve.

    Tales from the Fjeld P. Chr. Asbjrnsen
  • Fragments of books, Stewart's visiting cards, and a shirt-sleeve stained with blood, were found close by.

  • The wind dragged a shirt-sleeve from the 'popple' or pebble which held it down.

    The Well-Beloved Thomas Hardy
  • Charlie jumped at her startled tone and tore down his shirt-sleeve hastily.

  • 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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