- in one's shirt sleeves, without a coat: It was so hot that they worked in their shirt sleeves.Also in one's shirt-sleeves.
- keep one's shirt on, Informal. to refrain from becoming angry or impatient; remain calm: Tell him to keep his shirt on until we're ready.
- lose one's shirt, Informal. to lose all that one possesses; suffer a severe financial reverse: He lost his shirt in the stock market.
Origin of shirt
Examples from the Web for shirt
Prices are relatively inexpensive and come in at around 135 euros for a shirt or 35 euros for hand woven boxers.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
A smirking Ramone is shown wearing both a CBGB shirt and heavy gold chains, posing next to an enormous boombox.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
For James, wearing the shirt was “more of a shout-out to the family more than anything,” he told the Akron Beacon Journal.‘I Can’t Breathe’ Makes It Onto the Court for Will and Kate to See
December 9, 2014
He took his hand off the car and put it back underneath his shirt.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart
December 7, 2014
There, he first picked up needle and thread to mend the shirt of an SS guard who had just beaten him.From Auschwitz to the White House: One Tailor’s American Tale
December 5, 2014
"But his sitting there eating in that—that shirt—" said his sister.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Then he stopped, tore off his shirt, and ripped it with his right hand and his teeth into strips.Way of the Lawless
It's a shirt and a plain stocking were got off a drowned man in Donegal.Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
Diablo reached for him, and lifted the shirt clean off his back.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
All right, then; that letter I wrote is a shirt, and the welkin's the ruffle on it.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- 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
- short for nightshirt, undershirt
- 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 and History for shirt
Old English scyrte "skirt, tunic," from Proto-Germanic *skurtjon "a short garment" (cf. Old Norse skyrta, Swedish skjorta "skirt, kirtle;" Middle Dutch scorte, Dutch schort "apron;" Middle High German schurz, German Schurz "apron"), related to Old English scort, sceort "short," from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).
Formerly of the chief garment worn by both sexes, but in modern use long only of that for men; in reference to women's tops, reintroduced 1896. Bloody shirt, exposed as a symbol of outrage, is attested from 1580s. To give (someone) the shirt off one's back is from 1771. To lose one's shirt "suffer total financial loss" is from 1935. To keep one's shirt on "be patient" (1904) is from the notion of (not) stripping down for a fight.
Idioms and Phrases with shirt
see give the shirt off one's back; hair shirt; keep one's shirt on; lose one's shirt; stuffed shirt.