or shirt·sleeve, shirt-sleeved, shirt-sleeves

  1. not wearing a jacket; informally dressed: a shirt-sleeve mob.
  2. warm enough to live or work in without wearing a jacket or coat: shirt-sleeve weather in November.
  3. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for shirt-sleeve

Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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.


    Bram Stoker