verb (used with object), sleeved, sleev·ing.
Words nearby sleeve
Idioms for sleeve
Origin of sleeve
OTHER WORDS FROM sleevesleeve·like, adjectiveun·sleeved, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for laugh up one's sleeve
Derived forms of sleevesleeveless, adjectivesleevelike, adjective
Word Origin for sleeve
Culture definitions for laugh up one's sleeve
To be secretly amused at something: “Arnie acted concerned over our plight, but we knew he was laughing up his sleeve.”
Idioms and Phrases with laugh up one's sleeve (1 of 2)
Rejoice or exult secretly, hide one's amusement, as in When she tripped over her bridal train, her sister couldn't help laughing up her sleeve. This expression replaced the earlier laugh in one's sleeve, used by Richard Sheridan in The Rivals (1775): “'Tis false, sir, I know you are laughing in your sleeve.” The expression, which alludes to hiding one's laughter in big loose sleeves, was already a proverb in the mid-1500s.
Idioms and Phrases with laugh up one's sleeve (2 of 2)
see card up one's sleeve; laugh up one's sleeve; roll up one's sleeves; wear one's heart on one's sleeve.