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big sleep

noun

death

Examples

That cat's headed for the big sleep.

Word Origin

1939

Usage Note

slang

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  • Two Arrows found the effects of his long fasting rapidly passing away, but he was like everybody else and needed a big sleep.

    Two Arrows William O. Stoddard
  • He'd been riding all night, so he got his eye down quick for a big sleep.

    Curly Roger Pocock
  • For the first time he realised that, during the big sleep, the cub had become a full-grown badger almost as strong as himself.

    Lives of the Fur Folk M. D. Haviland
  • At the end of the month the 'earth' was littered down in preparation for the winter's big sleep.

    Lives of the Fur Folk M. D. Haviland
  • Here they had the next "big sleep," lying on clean straw on the floor beside Allan, whose closeness calmed their nerves.

    Baldy of Nome Esther Birdsall Darling
  • I asked him about rattlesnake bites, and he said: 'Make sick ojus (heap), think so big sleep come pretty quick.'

    Dick in the Everglades A. W. Dimock
Slang definitions & phrases for big sleep

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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