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Large list of clothes idioms about sleeves and their meanings

How each idioms is listed

There are 3 parts for each idiom the first part is what the idiom is, then there is an explanation of what the idiom means and the last part is an example of how to use it in a sentence.

How to use the list of clothes idioms A to Z?

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Clothes idioms about sleeves

have a card up one's sleeve

- to have a secret advantage or strategy

I do not know the manager's plans but I think that he has a card up his sleeve and he will soon make an important announcement.

have an ace up one's sleeve

- to have something that you can use to gain an advantage (in a card game the ace is often the most valuable card and a cheater could have an ace up his or her sleeve to use against an opponent)

The workers were ready to go on strike but the company owners had an ace their sleeve and offered more money and stopped the strike.

have (something) up one's sleeve

- to have a secret plan or solution for something, to be ready for a time when something is needed

I do not know what my friend has up his sleeve but I am sure that he is planning to say something at the meeting.

laugh up one's sleeve

- to laugh quietly to oneself

I was laughing up my sleeve when I learned that my friend would have to clean the bathroom at work.


- without preparation

Our boss made a great off-the-cuff speech at the party last night.

roll up one's sleeves

- to get ready for a hard job, to prepare to work hard or seriously

"Let's roll up our sleeves and begin to work so that we can finish early."

speak off the cuff

- to speak in public without preparation

My father plans to speak off the cuff at his retirement party tonight.

wear one's heart on one's sleeve

- to show one's feelings openly

The girl is wearing her heart on her sleeve and everybody knows that she is having problems with her boyfriend.

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