Definition of sleeve
sleevedplay \ˈslēvd\ adjective
sleevelessplay \ˈslēv-ləs\ adjective
on one's sleeve
: in an honest and open manner —used with wear wears his emotions on his sleeve
up one's sleeve
: held secretly in reserve has a few tricks up her sleeve
Examples of sleeve in a Sentence
a shirt with long sleeves
The joint is covered with a metal sleeve.
Recent Examples of sleeve from the Web
To celebrate the restaurant’s 60th anniversary, Chef Lou, as he is affectionately called, has all kinds of specials up the sleeve of his chef’s coat — slated from June 5-9 at the State Street location.
Her idols are songwriters like Pink and Nelly Furtado who sling giant riffs and choruses and heart-on-sleeve verses, along with hip-hop storytellers like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole.
The woman described the first attacker as a black male between 16 and 17 years old, standing between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-7, with a thin build and wearing a black long-sleeve shirt or hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
Russia must be laughing up their sleeves watching as the U.S. tears itself apart over a Democrat EXCUSE for losing the election.
When temperatures allow, wear long sleeves and long pants.
Long-sleeve one-shoulder looks are great for chilly summer nights when wearing a jacket is simply out of the question.
The Museum has an ace up its sleeve in building the models:
Slip a fitted white top over a mesh, long-sleeve shirt, add a silk blouse with flap pockets on the chest, and finish with distressed denim shorts.
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Origin and Etymology of sleeve
Middle English sleve, from Old English slīefe; perhaps akin to Old English slēfan to slip (clothes) on, slūpan to slip, Old High German sliofan, Latin lubricus slippery
First Known Use: before 12th century
SLEEVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sleeve for English Language Learners
: the part of a shirt, jacket, etc., that covers all or part of your arm
: a part that fits over or around something to protect it or to hold its parts together
SLEEVE Defined for Kids
Definition of sleeve for Students
1 : the part of a piece of clothing covering the arm
2 : a part that fits over or around something like a sleeve
up someone's sleeve
: held secretly in reserve Watch him. He's got something up his sleeve.
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