from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The sleeve of a shirt.
  • n. The state of wearing no coat, jacket, or other outer garment over one's shirt: dined in shirtsleeves; balmy weather that had them down to their shirtsleeves.
  • adj. Dressed without a coat: shirtsleeve spectators; a shirtsleeved orchestra.
  • adj. Calling for the removal of a coat or jacket; not requiring a coat or jacket for comfort: shirtsleeve weather; a shirtsleeves picnic.
  • adj. Marked by informality or straightforwardness: shirtsleeve politics; a shirtsleeves conference.

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  • n. The part of a shirt that covers the arms.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the sleeve of a shirt


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  • From the Mars biolab forward to Control Deck A constituted the so-called "shirtsleeve" area of the ship.

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  • Tak wiped it away with the shirtsleeve he'd been wiping his nose on all evening, which only compounded the filth.

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  • He grabbed hold of my shirtsleeve and pulled me sideways.

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  • A lot of things are a lot smoother and less of a drag now than they were four and a half months ago—finding the food on the left side of my plate, threading my left arm into my left shirtsleeve, typing, reading.

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  • Why did they not ride out the door like a hitchhiking butterfly on the shirtsleeve of a visitor like me?

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  • I have no watch, he remarks, pulling back his shirtsleeve and displaying his furry wrist for Connie.

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  • He just needed a toothpick in his mouth and a pack of smokes rolled up his shirtsleeve.

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  • She leaned back, pulled him by the shirtsleeve and the back of the neck down to her and into the apex of her spread legs, anticipated him sliding into her, wanted it, and she felt his arm stiffen.

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  • He stops to wipe his dry mouth on his shirtsleeve, but doesn't take a drink.

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  • One removes his hat and wipes his forehead dry with his shirtsleeve.

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