shirt′-sleeve` or shirt′sleeve`, also shirt′-sleeved`, shirt′-sleeves`
1) not wearing a jacket; informally dressed
2) cvb warm enough to not require a jacket or coat:
shirt-sleeve weather[/ex]
3) direct and straightforward in approach, manner, etc.:
shirt-sleeve diplomacy[/ex]
4) cvs doing the actual work:
a shirt-sleeve editor[/ex]
Etymology: 1560–70

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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