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forty winks

noun, Informal.
1.
a short nap.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25
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  • Much of their normal daytime activity, however, consists of curling up and catching forty winks.
British Dictionary definitions for forty winks

forty winks

noun
1.
(functioning as singular or pl) (informal) a short light sleep; nap
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forty winks in Culture

forty winks definition


A nap; a short sleep: “If you're feeling drowsy, take forty winks; I'll wake you when our guests arrive.”

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Slang definitions & phrases for forty winks

forty winks

noun phrase

A short sleep; nap: He caught forty winks and perked right up (1828+)


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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Idioms and Phrases with forty winks

forty winks

A brief nap, as in There's just time for forty winks before we have to leave. This expression supposedly was first recorded in 1828 and relies on wink in the sense of “sleep,” a usage dating from the 14th century.
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