shirt

[ shurt ]
/ ʃɜrt /

noun

a long- or short-sleeved garment for the upper part of the body, usually lightweight and having a collar and a front opening.
an undergarment of cotton, or other material, for the upper part of the body.

Idioms

Origin of shirt

before 1150; Middle English schirte, Old English scyrte; cognate with German Schürze, Dutch schort apron, Old Norse skyrta skirt

Related forms

shirt·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lose one's shirt

shirt

/ (ʃɜːt) /

noun

a garment worn on the upper part of the body, esp by men, usually of light material and typically having a collar and sleeves and buttoning up the front
keep your shirt on informal refrain from losing your temper (often used as an exhortation to another)
put one's shirt on informal to bet all one has on (a horse, etc)
lose one's shirt on informal to lose all one has on (a horse, etc)

Word Origin for shirt

Old English scyrte; related to Old English sceort short, Old Norse skyrta skirt, Middle High German schurz apron
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Idioms and Phrases with lose one's shirt (1 of 2)

lose one's shirt


Face financial ruin, go bankrupt, as in He lost his shirt in the last recession. This expression implies one has lost even one's shirt. [Early 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with lose one's shirt (2 of 2)

shirt


see give the shirt off one's back; hair shirt; keep one's shirt on; lose one's shirt; stuffed shirt.

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