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Definition of sleeve noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a part of a piece of clothing that covers all or part of your arm a dress with short/long sleeves Dan rolled up his sleeves and washed his hands. see also shirtsleeve
  2. 2-sleeved (in adjectives) having sleeves of the type mentioned a short-sleeved shirt
  3. 3= jacket
  4. 4a tube that covers a part of a machine to protect it
  5. Idioms
    have a trick, some more tricks, etc. up your sleeve
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    to have an idea, some plans, etc. that you keep ready to use if it becomes necessary
    have/keep something up your sleeve
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    to keep a plan or an idea secret until you need to use it Actually I do have a few ideas up my sleeve.
    laugh up your sleeve (at somebody/something) (informal)
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    to be secretly amused about something
    roll up your sleeves
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    to prepare to work or fight
    wear your heart on your sleeve
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    to allow your feelings to be seen by other people He's not one to wear his heart on his sleeve.
adjective a sleeveless dress
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sleeve