See also: shirtsleeve
Derived from the practice of taking one's jacket off, and relaxing in shirt sleeves.
shirt-sleeve (plural shirt-sleeves)
- Alternative form of
- 1872, William Makepeace Thackeray, The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond:
- Not one of those rustic wassals of the Ouse of Widdlers, but ad his air curled and his shirt-sleaves tied up with pink ribbing as he led to the macy dance some appy country gal, with a black velvit boddice and a redd or yaller petticoat, a hormylu cross on her neck, and a silver harrow in her air!
- 1934, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night:
- But Dick's necessity of behaving as he did was a projection of some submerged reality: he was compelled to walk there, or stand there, his shirt-sleeve fitting his wrist and his coat sleeve encasing his shirt-sleeve like a sleeve valve, his collar molded plastically to his neck, his red hair cut exactly, his hand holding his small briefcase like a dandy— just as another man once found it necessary to stand in front of a church in Ferrara, in sackcloth and ashes.
- 1988, Social Welfare - Volume 34, page 26:
- In his properly trimmed beard, elephant like trousers, and cat-like eyes behind the goggles, shirt-sleaves folded up to arms showing the good biceps, Chander must have impressed them as something hard and fast.
- Having an informal, relaxed appearance or approach, particularly in business.
- He had a shirt-sleeve style of management.