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  1. sleeves

    A sleeve (Old English: slīef, a word allied to slip, cf. Dutch sloof) is the part of a garment that covers the arm, or through which the arm passes or slips. The sleeve is a characteristic of fashion seen in almost every country and time period, across a myriad of styles of dress. Styles vary from close-fitting to the arm, to relatively unfitted and wide sleeves, some with extremely wide cuffs. Long, hanging sleeves have been used variously as a type of pocket, from which the phrase "to have up one's sleeve" (to have something concealed ready to produce) comes. There are many other proverbial and metaphorical expressions associated with the sleeve, such as "to wear one's heart upon one's sleeve", and "to laugh in one's sleeve". Early Western medieval sleeves were cut straight, and underarm triangle-shaped gussets were used to provide ease of movement. In the 14th century, the rounded sleeve cap was invented, allowing a more fitted sleeve to be inserted, with ease around the sleeve head and a wider cut at the back allowing for wider movement. Throughout the 19th century and particularly during the Victorian era in Western culture, the sleeves on women's dress at times became extremely wide, rounded or otherwise gathered and 'puffy', necessitating the need for sleeve supports worn inside a garment to support the shape of the sleeve. Various early styles of Western sleeve are still found in types of academic dress or other robes, such as ecumenical dress. Sleeve length varies in modern times from barely over the shoulder (cap sleeve) to floor-length (as seen in the Japanese furisode). Most contemporary shirt sleeves end somewhere between the mid-upper arm and the wrist.

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  1. sleeves

    Plural form of the word sleeve.

    All garments created to cover the arms have sleeves.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 7, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleeves in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleeves in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sleeves in a Sentence

  1. Matt Smith:

    The signal is Saudi Arabia is looking to open the spigots and fight for market share, saudi is rolling up its sleeves for a price war.

  2. David Leonhardt:

    Some audiences have been vaccine-hesitant, i find when the true/full story of how the vaccines were developed is told, and I explain that they resulted from years of courageous/revolutionary work and that nothing was rushed, many are reassured and more willing to roll up their sleeves.

  3. Arthur Conan Doyle:

    I can never bring you to realize the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of thumb-nails, or the great issues that may hang from a boot-lace.

  4. Chuck Schumer:

    Because of the White House’s glacial pace, there are hundreds and hundreds of Senate confirmable positions without any pending nominee from the administration, and just 7 pending nominees before the Senate, instead of pointing fingers of blame, the administration ought to roll up their sleeves and send qualified nominees to the Senate.

  5. Barack Obama:

    I come off a couple weeks of family time. I feel refreshed, renewed, recharged, a little feisty, i'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.

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    flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
    A scarper
    B transpire
    C abhor
    D abase

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