or shirt·sleeve, shirt-sleeved, shirt-sleeves
[ shurt-sleev ]
/ ˈʃɜrtˌsliv /
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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.
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Origin of shirt-sleeve
First recorded in 1560–70
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How to use shirt-sleeve in a sentence
Beard obliged by tearing off a piece of his tattered shirtsleeve and jotting down the ingredients.My Dinners With James Beard|John Ferrone|November 3, 2009|DAILY BEAST
Slipping up a soiled, ragged shirtsleeve, he showed me an ugly scar above the elbow, reaching to the shoulder.A Story of the Red Cross|Clara Barton
She laid one hand on his skinny forearm below the rolled-back shirtsleeve.The Lone Ranger Rides|Fran Striker
The man wiped the tears from his eyes with his shirtsleeve, smearing the red brick dust with which it was powdered, over his face.The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him|Paul Leicester Ford
Miss Eyester flipped a bit of plaster from his shirtsleeve with her thumb and finger.The Dude Wrangler|Caroline Lockhart
Own wife, the coat does not crock the shirtsleeve in the least—so thy labor in lining it would have been thrown away.Love Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Volume 2 of 2|Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for shirt-sleeve
/ (ˈʃɜːtˌsliːv) /
the sleeve of a shirt
in one's shirtsleeves not wearing a jacket
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