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shirt·sleeve / ˈshərtˌslēv/ • n. (usu. shirtsleeves) the sleeve of a shirt: he rolled up his shirtsleeves.• adj. 1. (of weather) warm enough to wear a shirt with no jacket: the shirtsleeve November days before the hard cold set in.2. (of work or an atmosphere) straightforward and unpretentious, with hard work being done: thousands have used this shirtsleeve workshop to improve their company profits.PHRASES: in (one's) shirtsleeves wearing a shirt with nothing over it.DERIVATIVES: shirt·sleeved adj.