EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS noun the part of a garment that covers the arm, varying in form and length but commonly tubular. an envelope, usually of paper, for protecting a phonograph record. . Machinery a tubular piece, as of metal, fitting over a rod or the like. verb (used with object), sleeved, sleev·ing. to furnish with sleeves. . Machinery to fit with a sleeve; join or fasten by means of a sleeve. Idioms have something up one's sleeve, to have a secret plan, scheme, opinion, or the like: I could tell by her sly look that she had something up her sleeve. laugh , up/ in one's sleeve to be secretly amused or contemptuous; laugh inwardly: to laugh up one's sleeve at someone's affectations. Origin of sleeve before 950; Middle English sleve, Old English slēfe (Anglian), slīefe; akin to Dutch sloof apron Related forms sleeve·like, adjective un·sleeved, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sleeving Historical Examples of sleeving British Dictionary definitions for sleeving noun electronics, mainly British tubular flexible insulation into which bare wire can be inserted US and Canadian name: spaghetti noun the part of a garment covering the arm a tubular piece that is forced or shrunk into a cylindrical bore to reduce the diameter of the bore or to line it with a different material; liner a tube fitted externally over two cylindrical parts in order to join them; bush a flat cardboard or plastic container to protect a gramophone record US name: jacket roll up one's sleeves to prepare oneself for work, a fight, etc up one's sleeve secretly ready verb (tr) to provide with a sleeve or sleeves Derived Forms sleeveless, adjective sleevelike, adjective Word Origin for sleeve
slīf, slēf; related to Dutch sloof apron
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Word Origin and History for sleeving n.
sliefe (West Saxon), slefe (Mercian) "arm-covering part of a garment," probably literally "that into which the arm slips," from Proto-Germanic *slaubjon (cf. Middle Low German sloven "to dress carelessly," Old High German sloufen "to put on or off"). Related to Old English slefan, sliefan "to slip on (clothes)" and slupan "to slip, glide," from PIE root *sleubh- "to slide, slip."
slipper, Old English slefescoh "slipper," slip (n.) "woman's garment," and expression to slip into "to dress in"). Mechanical sense is attested from 1864. To have something up one's sleeve is recorded from c.1500 (large sleeves formerly doubled as pockets). Meaning "the English Channel" translates French La Manche.
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Idioms and Phrases with sleeving
see card up one's sleeve; laugh up one's sleeve; roll up one's sleeves; wear one's heart on one's sleeve.
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