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- (obsolete) The empty sleeve of a one-armed man.
- You see that fellow over there with the lank sleeve?
1759, Ephraim Tristram Bates, The liee [sic] and memoirs of Mr. Ephraim Tristram Bates:
- "...And you may guess what valiant Soldiers they are, when they have struck me here often who can't defend myself:" (For he had a lank Sleeve besides.)
2000, Simon Edridge Dickie, In the mid-eighteenth century hilarity, pitilessness, narrative fiction:
- Anyone with a wooden leg was "timber-toe," while one who had lost an arm was waggishly known as a "lank sleeve."