- 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.
- to furnish with sleeves.
- Machinery. to fit with a sleeve; join or fasten by means of a 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
Examples 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
- electronics, mainly British tubular flexible insulation into which bare wire can be insertedUS and Canadian name: spaghetti
- 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
Word Origin and History for sleeving
Old English 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."
Cf. 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.
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.