sleeves from one's vest

EnglishEdit

NounEdit

sleeves from one's vest

  1. (idiomatic) Something non-existent; something of no value or cost.
    • 1980, Alvin W. Cohn, Benjamin Ward, Improving Management in Criminal Justice, page 79
      "when a prosecutor dismisses some of the charges in a multi-count indictment, he is giving the defendant the sleeves from his vest"
    • 2003, Ronald Reagan, Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Graebner Anderson, Martin Anderson, Reagan: A Life in Letters, page xii
      "Mr. President," I said, "We don't have anything to deploy so you are giving them the sleeves from your vest.
    • 2006, Richard Sonnenfeldt, Witness to Nuremberg: The Chief American Interpreter at the War Crimes Trials, page 170
      Of someone stingy he would say, "This guy wouldn't give you the sleeves from his vest."
Last modified on 19 June 2013, at 13:57