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Sleeveless Errand

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A fruitless errand. It should be written sleaveless, as it comes from sleave, ravelled thread, or the raw-edge of silk. In Troilus and Cressida, Thersiʹtës the railer calls Patroclus an “idle immaterial skein of sleive silk” (v. 1).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Sledge-hammer
Sleep (Anglo-Saxon slæpen)
Sleep like a Top
Sleeper (The)
Sleeping Beauty
Sleepless Hat (A)
Sleepy Hollow
Sleeve
Sleeve of Care
Sleeve of Hildebrand (The)
Sleeveless Errand
Sleight of Hand
Sleipnir
Slender
Sleuth-Hound
Slewed
Slick (Sam)
Slick Off
Sliding Scale
Slip
Slippers