shirt-sleeves









shirt-sleeves


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.
n.

1560s, from shirt (n.) + sleeve (n.). Usually with the notion of “without a coat.”

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