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beauty sleep

noun, Informal.
1.
sleep before midnight, assumed to be necessary for one's beauty.
2.
any extra sleep.
Origin of beauty sleep
1855-1860
1855-60
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Examples from the Web for beauty sleep
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  • It's past twelve, I tell you, and you had ought to be in bed gettin' your beauty sleep.

    Drusilla with a Million Elizabeth Cooper
  • I hope your sister hasn't finished her beauty sleep by this time.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • The landlord of the “White Boar” was one of those men who need a beauty sleep.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • He had not known that the lady had just awakened from her beauty sleep.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Gang awa to the land o' Nod, and dinna spoil your beauty sleep, young leddies.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • "You're missing your beauty sleep, Stokes," we heard our Viking remark.

    New Treasure Seekers E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • They had the advantage of all “the beauty sleep,” which is said to come before midnight.

  • "We young folks must have our beauty sleep," and she sent him away.

    Dominie Dean Ellis Parker Butler
  • Duke: We does n't want ter sit up late and lose our beauty sleep jest listenin' to a speech.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • She would want her beauty sleep for "The Amazons" to-morrow night.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for beauty sleep

beauty sleep

noun
1.
(informal) sleep, esp sleep before midnight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for beauty sleep

beauty sleep

noun

Sleep required to feel refreshed: Not tonight, honey. I need my beauty sleep

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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