Definition of Shirtsleeves

1. Noun. Not wearing a jacket. "In hot weather they dined in their shirtsleeves"

Generic synonyms: Deshabille, Dishabille



Definition of Shirtsleeves

1. Noun. (plural of shirtsleeve) ¹

2. Noun. Without special protection, in street clothes. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shirtsleeves

1. shirtsleeve [n] - See also: shirtsleeve

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shirtsleeves

shirtiest
shirtily
shirting
shirtings
shirtless
shirtlessness
shirtlifter
shirtlike
shirtmaker
shirtmakers
shirtmaking
shirts
shirts and skins
shirtsleeve
shirtsleeved
shirtsleeves (current term)
shirttail
shirttailed
shirttailing
shirttails
shirtwaist
shirtwaist blouse
shirtwaisted
shirtwaister
shirtwaisters
shirtwaists
shirtwise
shirty
shish
shish kebab

Literary usage of Shirtsleeves

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Abolition of Inheritance by Harlan Eugene Read (1919)
"As he reads his histories of England, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and even the United States, he knows that the saying "from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves ..."

2. Sex Searchlights and Sane Sex Ethics: An Anthology of Sex Knowledge by Lee Alexander Stone (1922)
"There is—or used to be—a proverb in the United States, "There are three generations from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves." That is to say, the grandfather ..."

3. Property and Contract in Their Relations to the Distribution of Wealth by Richard Theodore Ely, Samuel Peter Orth, Willford Isbell King (1914)
"... from clogs to clogs": the American equivalent being "from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves ". ..."

4. Three Plays for Puritans by Bernard Shaw (1906)
"Take it off, sir; and let it hang before the fire a while: my wife will excuse your shirtsleeves. Judith: put in another spoonful of tea for Mr. Dudgeon. ..."

5. Three Plays for Puritans by Bernard Shaw (1906)
"Take it off, sir; and let it hang before the fire a while: my wife will excuse your shirtsleeves. Judith: put in another spoonful of tea for Mr. Dudgeon. ..."

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