One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Wearing a shirt with nothing over it.‘estate agent types in their shirtsleeves’
- ‘He'd haul in a few dozen loads of dry wood and they'd heat the place up until we could set up a town in there and walk around in our shirtsleeves.’
- ‘He stood there in his shirtsleeves as I took off my scarf and gloves and started unbuttoning my coat.’
- ‘Louis was in his shirtsleeves, utterly absorbed in one of the rare plants he was nurturing.’
- ‘William stood before them in his shirtsleeves, presently not looking very steady on his feet.’
- ‘Sitting in the posh seats with the suits and ties, he perched in his shirtsleeves, ready for a scrap.’
- ‘But one day in the summer I saw him in his shirtsleeves, the indelible blackish-green numbers of the concentration camp inmates tattooed into his arm.’
- ‘He was standing on a balcony overlooking the city, delivering some fairly serious commentary but in his shirtsleeves.’
- ‘He was in his shirtsleeves - which may sound like no big deal in our post-dotcom, T-shirt world, but in 1977 was a stunning comment on how the place felt and worked.’
- ‘Now I've had to put my sweater in the washing machine and sit here in the none-too-warm office in my shirtsleeves.’
- ‘Summer had come early, and we were in our shirtsleeves, sitting at a table outside.’
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