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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for shirt-sleeves
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  • He had stripped off his coat and waistcoat, and was busily at work in his shirt-sleeves.

    Little Daffydowndilly Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • His white locks were uncovered, and he was in his shirt-sleeves.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • He was in his shirt-sleeves, his waistcoat unbuttoned and loose.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • His shirt-sleeves were rolled up, too, and his brown arms were bare to the elbows.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • David came in his shirt-sleeves, for he had been fetched from his work.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • The child, who was in his shirt-sleeves and half asleep, smiled as he rubbed his eyes.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The blacksmith stood by, leisurely rolling down his shirt-sleeves.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Like a sneak-thief, too, emerges a shock-headed navigator in his shirt-sleeves.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
  • Suddenly I perceived that Mills was sitting in his shirt-sleeves.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • He was 'we' in spite of shirt-sleeves and ink-smeared apron of herden.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
Word Origin and History for shirt-sleeves

1560s, from shirt (n.) + sleeve (n.). Usually with the notion of "without a coat."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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