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Meaning of shirt-sleeve

shirt-sleeve

Pronunciation: (shûrt'slēv"), [key]
— adj.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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