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1. The part of a garment that is fitted to cover the arm; as the sleeve of a coat or gown.

2. The raveled sleeve of car, in Shakespeare. [See Sleave.]

TO LAUGH IN THE SLEEVE, to laugh privately or unperceived; that is perhaps, originally, by hiding the face under the sleeve or arm.

TO HANG ON THE SLEEVE, to be or make dependent on others.

SLEEVE, verb transitive

1. To furnish with sleeves; as a sleeveless coat.

2. Wanting a cover, pretext or palliation; unreasonable; as a sleeveless tale of tran substantiation; a sleeveless errand. [Little used.]