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"sleeve" in British English

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sleevenoun [C]

uk   /sliːv/  us   /sliːv/
  • sleeve noun [C] (CLOTHING PART)

B1 (also arm) the part of a piece of clothing that covers some or all of the arm: short/long sleeves The sleeves are too long for me. You'd better roll your sleeves up or you'll get them dirty.

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  • sleeve noun [C] (COVER)

mainly UK (US also jacket) a cover to protect something: Can you put the record back in its sleeve, please?
a tube-shaped covering to protect a part of a machine
  • sleeve noun [C] (TATTOO)

a tattoo (= permanent skin decoration) that covers the whole of someone's arm
(Definition of sleeve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sleeve" in American English

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sleevenoun [C]

 us   /sliv/
the part of a piece of clothing that covers some or all of the arm: I wore the black dress with the short sleeves.
(Definition of sleeve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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