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shirt-sleeve

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

[ shurt-sleev ]
/ ˈʃɜrtˌsliv /
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adjective

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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British Dictionary definitions for shirt-sleeve

shirtsleeve
/ (ˈʃɜːtˌsliːv) /

noun

the sleeve of a shirt
in one's shirtsleeves not wearing a jacket
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