forty years later, corporate America beholds the monster it created.
forty years ago, a third of American families with kids had just one child.
The youngest musician on the list is in his early teens; the oldest recently turned forty.
forty years ago Tuesday, the Supreme Court ushered in legal abortion for American women when it decided in Roe v. Wade.
And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Couldn't get through these hot days if it weren't for the forty winks I snatch.
Found a rock hole with about forty gallons of water in it close to camp.
I will cultivate the orchard for forty years in this county if they live so long.
Several of these were killed, and their captain and forty men taken.
The Gipsies were astonished that any one should travel forty miles to see them.
Old English feowertig, from feower "four" (see four) + tig "group of ten" (see -ty (1)). Cf. Old Saxon fiwartig, Old Frisian fiuwertich, Dutch veertig, Old High German fiorzug, German vierzig, Old Norse fjorir tigir, Gothic fidwor tigjus.
[T]he number 40 must have been used very frequently by Mesha's scribe as a round number. It is probably often used in that way in the Bible where it is remarkably frequent, esp. in reference to periods of days or years. ... How it came to be so used is not quite certain, but it may have originated, partly at any rate, in the idea that 40 years constituted a generation or the period at the end of which a man attains maturity, an idea common, it would seem, to the Greeks, the Israelites, and the Arabs. ["The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia," James Orr, ed., Chicago, 1915]Forty winks "short sleep" is attested from 1821, In early use associated with, and perhaps coined by, eccentric English lifestyle reformer William Kitchiner M.D. (1775-1827).