without sleeves.
amounting to nothing; unprofitable; futile: a sleeveless errand.

before 950; Middle English; Old English slīeflēas. See sleeve, -less

sleevelessness, noun 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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Example sentences
Tube tops or tightly fitting, sleeveless blouses with a low cut are paired with
  a short skirt.
In many of those places, sleeveless tops and shorts are not allowed.
Even in the summer, it is normally too cold on a ship for a sleeveless top or a
  short skirt.
She was wearing a denim skirt and a sleeveless white shirt.
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