One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘‘I thought you'd get on,’ he says, shirtily, ‘I just didn't expect you to be singing duets.’’
- ‘The judge said shirtily that ‘there certainly was an intent to find that the incipient competition that they represented was extinguished by the company's anticompetitive conduct.’’
- ‘When I complain that our allotted 90 minutes for photographs and interview is rapidly diminishing, I'm told shirtily that, despite showing up on the dot, we should have got here sooner.’
- ‘As recently as the previous weekend, the ever emotional former England manager had reacted rather shirtily to a suggestion that he should continue where he was.’
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