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Related to shirtsleeves: overshirt


1. The sleeve of a shirt.
2. shirtsleeves 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.
1. also shirt·sleeved (-slēvd′) Dressed without a coat: shirtsleeve spectators; a shirtsleeved orchestra.
2. also shirtsleeves Calling for the removal of a coat or jacket; not requiring a coat or jacket for comfort: shirtsleeve weather; a shirtsleeves picnic.
3. also shirtsleeves Marked by informality or straightforwardness: shirtsleeve politics; a shirtsleeves conference.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shirtsleeves - not wearing a jacketshirtsleeves - not wearing a jacket; "in your shirtsleeves" means you are not wearing anything over your shirt; "in hot weather they dined in their shirtsleeves"
deshabille, dishabille - the state of being carelessly or partially dressed
References in classic literature ?
She smiled, and gave some message to an elderly man in white shirtsleeves, who had followed her to the door.
East tied his handkerchief round his waist, and rolled up his shirtsleeves for him.
The prisoners in their shirtsleeves were enjoying a chat and the evening air in the doorway, when I entered.
The last Edna saw of Bert was his figure, in charred and blackened shirtsleeves, standing in the dusk.
They pin the names of their love interests onto their shirtsleeves for the day.
Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations" is an aphorism found in cultures around the world used to describe the tendency of the third generation of a family to squander the wealth obtained by the first.
These might seem contradictory, but in a low-interest environment, our members are increasingly allocating to passive equity indexes for public equity exposure, while rolling up their shirtsleeves in both private equity and real estate with direct investments -- where they think they have an edge.
At the recent blessing of their barbershop, all five, including Kapunan, were clean-shaven and dressed in linen suits and shirtsleeves.
I'm in shirtsleeves, feeling comfortable; the fields are firm underfoot (never mind a 4x4, my little car would navigate the fields, although the gateways would be a challenge); insects everywhere; a few flowers of the naughty but nice Himalayan balsam are making their last stand; and over recent days the trees have been slowly pulling on their autumnal coats of many colours.
When Ryan poses for his photo-ops in front of wooden porches, dressed in crisp shirtsleeves and blue jeans and gazing with frank democratic ease at the camera, you are meant to think that here is the authentic descendant of Lincoln and Reagan, the sons of Illinois, even if Reagan moved to Hollywood.
The tough, rolled-up shirtsleeves, diesel fumes, and rural sensibility of Maine's fishing villages separate Rosa Lane's poetry from other super-talented, MFA-bearing poets from Sarah Lawrence College.
If you're still not sure why he took the job, check the TV footage of him meeting club officials among palm trees and under a cloudless sky in shirtsleeves in December.