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sleeve

[sleev] /sliv/
noun
1.
the part of a garment that covers the arm, varying in form and length but commonly tubular.
2.
an envelope, usually of paper, for protecting a phonograph record.
3.
Machinery. a tubular piece, as of metal, fitting over a rod or the like.
verb (used with object), sleeved, sleeving.
4.
to furnish with sleeves.
5.
Machinery. to fit with a sleeve; join or fasten by means of a sleeve.
Idioms
6.
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.
7.
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
950
before 950; Middle English sleve, Old English slēfe (Anglian), slīefe; akin to Dutch sloof apron
Related forms
sleevelike, adjective
unsleeved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for have something up sleeve

sleeve

/sliːv/
noun
1.
the part of a garment covering the arm
2.
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
3.
a tube fitted externally over two cylindrical parts in order to join them; bush
4.
a flat cardboard or plastic container to protect a gramophone record US name jacket
5.
roll up one's sleeves, to prepare oneself for work, a fight, etc
6.
up one's sleeve, secretly ready
verb
7.
(transitive) to provide with a sleeve or sleeves
Derived Forms
sleeveless, adjective
sleevelike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English slīf, slēf; related to Dutch sloof apron
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Word Origin and History for have something up sleeve

sleeve

n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for have something up sleeve
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with have something up sleeve
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