Definitions

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  • adj. Describing an informal, relaxed appearance or approach, particularly in business.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sleeve of a shirt.

Etymologies

Derived from the practice of taking one's jacket off, and relaxing in shirt sleeves. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In fact one of the astronomers interviewed by the Associated Press said that for a good portion of the time it would feature "shirt-sleeve weather."

    James Napoli: They've Found a New Habitable Planet! Finally, We Can Destroy This One.

  • He rolled up his shirt-sleeve and compared the white underside if the arm with his face.

    Chapter 4

  • She had come back to his side, and she saw him double his arm at the elbow, the biceps crawling under his shirt-sleeve and swelling into a knot of muscle, heavy and hard.

    Chapter 26

  • "You've no call to be flingin 'names about," he added, defiantly, wringing out his shirt-sleeve, wet from rescue of the oar.

    CHAPTER I

  • Temperatures can be as hot as 160 degrees or as frigid as 25 degrees below zero, but in between – in the land of constant sunrise – it would be "shirt-sleeve weather," said co-discoverer Steven Vogt of the University of California at Santa Cruz.

    Gliese 581g 'Goldilocks' Planet Could Be Just Right For Life?

  • There were, it is true, some blood-stains upon his right shirt-sleeve, but he pointed to his ring-finger, which had been cut near the nail, and explained that the bleeding came from there, adding that he had been to the window not long before, and that the stains which had been observed there came doubtless from the same source.

    Sole Music

  • Officer Stevens started to grab for her, but I caught his shirt-sleeve and did my best pleading-pouty face.

    Fat Chance

  • For the past several days, it's been warm and moist, shirt-sleeve weather, with nights in the 60s.

    From Twitter 12-23-2009

  • The teenager moved along, wiping his eyes on his shirt-sleeve.

    Richard Paul Evans Ebook Christmas Set

  • Still a shirt-sleeve moment on the traditional start of presidential campaigns. '

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Obama addresses Detroit, First mentioning the Hurricane

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