laugh her sleeve


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, sleeving.
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.

before 950; Middle English sleve, Old English slēfe (Anglian), slīefe; akin to Dutch sloof apron

sleevelike, adjective
unsleeved, adjective Unabridged
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sleeve (sliːv)
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.  US name: jacket a flat cardboard or plastic container to protect a gramophone record
5.  roll up one's sleeves to prepare oneself for work, a fight, etc
6.  up one's sleeve secretly ready
7.  (tr) to provide with a sleeve or sleeves
[Old English slīf, slēf; related to Dutch sloof apron]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. sliefe (W.Saxon), slefe (Mercian), from P.Gmc. *slaubjon (cf. M.L.G. sloven "to dress carelessly," O.H.G. sloufen "to put on or off"). Related to O.E. sliefan "put on (clothes)" and slupan "to slip, glide," from PIE base *sleubh- "to slide, slip." (cf. 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. Meaning "the English Channel" translates Fr. La Manche.
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