[ sleev ]
/ sliv /
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.
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Idioms for sleeve
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
OTHER WORDS FROM sleevesleeve·like, adjectiveun·sleeved, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for sleeving
When these wires are adjacent to ground or battery wires they may be protected by sleeving, so as to prevent crosses.Cyclopedia of Telephony and Telegraphy, Vol. 2|Kempster Miller
British Dictionary definitions for sleeving (1 of 2)
/ (ˈsliːvɪŋ) /
electronics, mainly British tubular flexible insulation into which bare wire can be insertedUS and Canadian name: spaghetti
British Dictionary definitions for sleeving (2 of 2)
/ (sliːv) /
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 recordUS name: jacket
roll up one's sleeves to prepare oneself for work, a fight, etc
up one's sleeve secretly ready
(tr) to provide with a sleeve or sleeves
Derived forms of sleevesleeveless, adjectivesleevelike, adjective
Word Origin for sleeve
Old English slīf, slēf; related to Dutch sloof apron
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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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