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big sleep

noun

death

Examples

That cat's headed for the big sleep.

Word Origin

1939

Usage Note

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big sleep

noun

Death

[1938; popularized by the name of the novel The Big Sleep (1938) by Raymond Chandler, and probably coined by Chandler himself]


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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