or shirt·sleeve, shirt-sleeved, shirt-sleeves
- 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
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Examples from the Web for shirt-sleeve
But he had no pencil, or he could have written it on his shirt-sleeve.Somehow Good
William de Morgan
How did you get all that earth on your clothes and tear your shirt-sleeve?Growing Up
Jennie M. Drinkwater
I perceived some spots of blood on his shirt-sleeve, and pointed them out to him.Soyer's Culinary Campaign
So I must elbow in myself, and see what my shirt-sleeve diplomacy can do.The Hallowell Partnership
Katharine Holland Brown
As he spoke he took off his coat and rolled up his shirt-sleeve.Dracula