• WordNet 3.6
    • n sleeve the part of a garment that is attached at the armhole and that provides a cloth covering for the arm
    • n sleeve small case into which an object fits
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
    • Sleeve (Elec) A double tube of copper, in section like the figure 8, into which the ends of bare wires are pushed so that when the tube is twisted an electrical connection is made. The joint thus made is called a McIntire joint.
    • Sleeve (Mach) A long bushing or thimble, as in the nave of a wheel.
    • Sleeve A narrow channel of water. "The Celtic Sea, called oftentimes the Sleeve ."
    • Sleeve (Mach) A short piece of pipe used for covering a joint, or forming a joint between the ends of two other pipes.
    • Sleeve (Mach) A tubular part made to cover, sustain, or steady another part, or to form a connection between two parts.
    • n Sleeve slēv See Sleave, untwisted thread.
    • Sleeve The part of a garment which covers the arm; as, the sleeve of a coat or a gown.
    • v. t Sleeve To furnish with sleeves; to put sleeves into; as, to sleeve a coat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sleeve That part of a garment which forms a covering for the arm: as, the sleeve of a coat or a gown. At different times during the middle ages extraordinarily long, pendent sleeves were in use, sometimes reaching the ground, and at other times a mere band or strip of stuff, single or double, hung from the arm, and was generally called a hanging sleeve, although the actual sleeve was independent of it. Japanese ceremonial costume also has sleeves of remarkable length and width, the arm being generally passed through a hole in the side of the sleeve.
    • n sleeve In mech., a tube into which a rod or another tube is inserted. If small. it is often called a thimble; when fixed and serving merely to strengthen the object which it incloses, it is called a reinforce. In most of its applications, however, the two parts have more or less relative circular or longitudinal motion. E. H. Knight.
    • sleeve To furnish with a sleeve or with sleeves; make with sleeves.
    • sleeve To put in a sleeve or sleeves.
    • sleeve See sleave.
    • n sleeve Specifically. A hollow tube or cylinder inserted into some structural detail, so that some other element may pass freely through, such as a sleeve in a wall to allow a shaft to pass through, or a pipe or conduit.
    • n sleeve A square of cloth or other flexible material through the center of which a catheter is passed and tied. It is then inserted into a canal to be tamponed, and the space between the catheter and its cloth covering is packed with pledgets of cotton, worsted yarn, or other material.
    • sleeve In mech., to fasten or adjust in the manner of a sleeve.
    • sleeve To attach or operate by a sleeve. See sleeve, n., 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sleeve slēv the part of a garment which covers the arm: a tube into which a rod or other tube is inserted
    • v.t Sleeve to furnish with sleeves
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  • Lynn Redgrave
    Lynn Redgrave
    “God always has another custard pie up his sleeve.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “I wear my heart on my sleeve.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    “To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Pin your faith to no ones sleeves, haven't you two eyes of your own.”
  • Jean Anouilh
    “To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It's easy to say no, even if it means dying.”
  • Sir Alec Guiness
    Sir Alec Guiness
    “A person who is keen to shake your hand usually has something up his sleeve.”


Ace up your sleeve - If you have an ace up your sleeve, you have something that will give you an advantage that other people don't know about.
Card up your sleeve - If you have a card up your sleeve, you have a surprise plan or idea that you are keeping back until the time is right.
Have a trick up your sleeve - If you have a trick up your sleeve, you have a secret strategy to use when the time is right.
Have something up your sleeve - If you have something up your sleeve, you have some hidden or secret plan, idea, etc, to use to your advantage when the time is right.
Laugh up your sleeve - If you laugh up your sleeve, you laugh at someone secretly.
Roll up your sleeves - If you roll up your sleeves, you get ready to start working hard.
Wear your heart on your sleeve - Someone who wears their heart on their sleeve shows their emotions and feelings publicly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sleeve, sleve, AS. slfe, slfe,; akin to slfan, to put on, to clothe; cf. OD. sloove, the turning up of anything, sloven, to turn up one's sleeves, sleve, a sleeve, G. schlaube, a husk, pod


In literature:

Many an old sleeve was going to be turned upside down.
"Hearts and Masks" by Harold MacGrath
She cast a conscious glance at the orange and blue on her sleeves.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
You have a surprise up your sleeve for me, I suppose!
"The Devil's Own" by Randall Parrish
How can the blow through sleeve packing between high and low-pressure cylinder of the tandem compound be located?
"The Traveling Engineers' Association" by Anonymous
He laid one white long-fingered hand on the barber's white jacket-sleeve.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The sleeves were too long below the elbow, and too short above, and every time she moved an arm they hitched uncomfortably.
"The Butterfly House" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Their hair comes to their ears, and they have white collars turned down on their coats, and deep white cuffs on their sleeves.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
She must have instantly read the purpose in my face, for she grasped my sleeve.
"My Lady of Doubt" by Randall Parrish
A new note is the outer sleeve laced across an inner sleeve of white.
"Woman as Decoration" by Emily Burbank
She clung to his coat sleeve for a moment dizzily before she limped forward to the live-oak that gave the place its name.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine

In poetry:

Waves weeping
Tears on
My sleeves alone
Is the colour stronger.
"Crimson" by Ki no Tsurayuki
Tears in the moonlight,
You know why,
Have marred the flowers
On my rose sleeve.
Ask why.
"Grief And The Sleeve" by Edward Powys Mathers
How hollow
Are tears upon a sleeve
In gemlets;
For mine cannot be dammed
As a surging flood!
"How hollow" by Ono no Komachi
To the fields of Kasuga
To gather fresh herbs,
All in white,
Sleeves aflutter,
Do the girls go?
"To the fields of Kasuga" by Ki no Tsurayuki
So many times have we met;
In gloomy thought
Upon my sleeves
Where rests the moon
Even her face wet with tears.
"So many times have we met" by Ise
Since nought avails let me rise and leave,
Though down the way of swords I wounded crawl;
Perchance I shall attain to touch her sleeve,
And surely on her threshold dying fall.
"Love's Last Resource" by Sa di

In news:

SLEEVES UP The elderly, who account for most influenza deaths, have been urged for decades to receive annual vaccinations.
(Oct 23, 2008) Though we may have a trick or two up our sleeves next week, this issue pretty much marks the end of our wall-to-wall local election coverage.
One winner will receive a Mutsy Grow-Up booster seat, two Kushies taffeta waterproof bibs with sleeves and two Kushies reusable snack bags.
Drum and bass just might have a few tricks left up its sleeve.
Date coding of paperboard sleeves made easy.
But the Dynamo had one last trick up its sleeve.
As such they—and their public financial documents—should be a cornucopia of information on what has up its sleeve in the way of future plans.
Wearing a sleeve might really be superstition.
An emergency situation arose Sunday when David couldn't find the sleeve for a Netflix movie he wanted to send back.
Sarah Palin to People about other unique names she has up her sleeve for future children.
Perhaps you thought Bob Woodward was "last week's news" but today the Post pulled an old/new trick out of its sleeve and led the front page with a story by Bob Woodward himself.
The gentlemen with me wore holiday sweaters with the sleeves removed.
So roll up your sleeves and listen to the interview.
BOSTON — From his first stint in a Spurs uniform a decade ago, Stephen Jackson has been a player known to wear his emotions on his sleeve.
With nearly 50 Juneau residents displaced from their homes, it's time to roll up your sleeves.

In science:

On leaving the scintillator bars the fibres were loosely enclosed in opaque sleeving to prevent optical cross-talk and brought to a Tufnol ‘cookie’ on the side of the hodoscope box.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
Kevlar strength member and covered with a protective sleeve.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
After allowing the glue to dry overnight, the frame and glass were flipped over. Four nylon fishing lines, covered to approximately 90% of their length with plastic sleeves (1.15 mm diameter) were inserted with tension across the length of the glass.
Construction of the Digital Hadron Calorimeter
The sleeves were positioned so as to form a path to direct the gas flow from the input to the output.
Construction of the Digital Hadron Calorimeter
She wears a short-sleeved bodice over a sheer blouse, which delineates her ample bosom.
Optimization in Differentiable Manifolds in Order to Determine the Method of Construction of Prehistoric Wall-Paintings