Definition of sleeve in English:


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Pronunciation: /sliːv


  • 1The part of a garment that wholly or partly covers a person’s arm: a shirt with the sleeves rolled up
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    • Cut the garment neckline, sleeves and lower edge to the desired finished length.
    • And the flared sleeve dress shirt and strapless dress combo is just unusual enough to be interesting but not weird.
    • Today, he wore black slacks and a very light blue dress shirt, sleeves rolled up past his elbows.
  • 2A protective paper or cardboard cover for a record, CD, or DVD: an album sleeve
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    • But she doesn't regret turning down the offer to design the album sleeve.
    • This state of flux in the music industry means that graduating and going into record sleeve design is probably going to be difficult.
    • Our CDs are packaged using the exact artwork of the original album in our custom LP style cardboard sleeves.
  • 2.1A protective or connecting tube fitting over or enclosing a rod, spindle, or smaller tube.
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    • The width adjusts hydraulically, and cylinders and return sleeves are protected by steel oversleeves.
    • Paperboard cartons and sleeves are used to enclose plastic tubs.
    • The carrier is a sleeve that encloses bearings and seals intended to prevent water from entering the sterndrive housing at the drive shaft.
  • 3A windsock.
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    • At higher wind speed (approx. 30 km/hour, the sleeve inflates and indicates visually wind direction and speed.
    • At night, the wind direction indicator is illuminated with an array of overhead lights to highlight the wind sleeve.
  • 3.1A drogue towed by an aircraft.
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    • An unusual role was as a target tug trailing a sleeve drogue for air-to-air firing practice.
    • If a 'sleeve' was shot away or otherwise became detached, its recovery was worth a mad scramble.


up one's sleeve

(Of a strategy, idea, or resource) kept secret and in reserve for use when needed: he was new to the game but had a few tricks up his sleeve
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  • He said he has a secret sound effect up his sleeve to accompany a flash of lightning but the audience will have to wait and see how this is accomplished.
  • Annie puts her success down to eating wholesome, home-cooked food, while Dorothy has another secret up her sleeve.
  • I'll bet you're sitting there with a thousand ideas up your sleeve.

wear one's heart on one's sleeve

see heart.



[often in combination]: a cap-sleeved shirt
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  • The collections of some of the designers taking part in the show continued to lend prominence to bare-shoulder chiffon blouses, bat-like sleeved blouses and asymmetric chiffon gowns.
  • Well let me tell you that what you'll find are grey plastic moccasins, elasticated waists and short - sleeved shirts with more static cling than a workbenchful of vices.
  • Not that a leather jacket, PVC trousers, a torn cap, sleeved T-shirt and pointy boots would have gone down any better.


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  • Brian was looking exceptionally sexy with his new short hairdo and a sleeveless black t-shirt and weird acid wash jeans.
  • He wore black, faded jeans, old army-style boots, a white T-shirt and black sleeveless jacket.
  • You know it's hot when all seven members of the team are wearing white tops: four sleeveless, two short sleeved.


Old English slēfe, slīef(e), slȳf; related to Middle Dutch sloove 'covering'.

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