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shirt-sleeve

[shurt-sleev] /ˈʃɜrtˌsliv/
adjective
1.
not wearing a jacket; informally dressed:
a shirt-sleeve mob.
2.
warm enough to live or work in without wearing a jacket or coat:
shirt-sleeve weather in November.
3.
simple, plain, and informal; direct and straightforward in approach, manner, etc.:
shirt-sleeve diplomacy.
Also, shirtsleeve, shirt-sleeved, shirt-sleeves.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70
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British Dictionary definitions for shirtsleeve

shirtsleeve

/ˈʃɜːtˌsliːv/
noun
1.
the sleeve of a shirt
2.
in one's shirtsleeves, not wearing a jacket
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Slang definitions & phrases for shirtsleeve

shirtsleeve

adjective

Simple and unpretentious; down-toearth: Here's what that means in shirtsleeve English (1908+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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