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shirtsleeve

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noun shirt·sleeve \-ˌslēv\

Simple Definition of shirtsleeve

  • : the sleeve of a shirt

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shirtsleeve

  1. :  the sleeve of a shirt

in one's shirtsleeves

or

in shirtsleeves

  1. :  wearing a shirt but no coat

Circa 1566

First Known Use of shirtsleeve

circa 1566


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shirtsleeve

adjective shirt·sleeve \-ˌslēvz\\-ˌslēvd\

Simple Definition of shirtsleeve

  • : not wearing a coat or jacket

  • : warm enough so that you do not need a coat or jacket

  • : informal and direct

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shirtsleeve

  1. 1a :  being without a coat <a shirtsleeve spectator>b :  calling for the removal of coats for the sake of comfort or efficiency <shirtsleeve weather>

  2. 2 :  marked by informality and directness <shirtsleeve diplomacy>

1842

First Known Use of shirtsleeve

1842

Variants of shirtsleeve

also

shirtsleeves

play \-ˌslēvz\ or

shirtsleeved

play \-ˌslēvd\


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