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-sleeves
He had stripped off his coat and waistcoat, and was busily at work in his shirt-sleeves.Little Daffydowndilly
His white locks were uncovered, and he was in his shirt-sleeves.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
He was in his shirt-sleeves, his waistcoat unbuttoned and loose.The Gentleman From Indiana
His shirt-sleeves were rolled up, too, and his brown arms were bare to the elbows.A Tale of Two Cities
David came in his shirt-sleeves, for he had been fetched from his work.Heather and Snow
Word Origin and History for shirt-sleeves
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