At the same time, the sandman dropped his goblet, and the Tinker relinquished his grasp of the cutlass.
She was singing to her baby about the 'sandman,' or den lille Ole, as we Danes say.
The sandman looked the boy up and down, consulted his list again, smiled and shook his head very doubtfully.
"I don't half like it," replied the sandman, his teeth chattering with apprehension.
"Vell, I s'pose I must," replied the sandman, taking the goblet proffered him.
"Vith all my 'art," replied the sandman, searching the clothes of the victim.
Or this incomparable bit of drollery from Hjalmar's dream in "The sandman:"
"Look 'em over yourself," rejoined the sandman, pushing the book towards him.
"Then you're alvays sure o' a ready market somehow," observed the sandman.
"Exactly the case with the t'other," whispered the Tinker to the sandman.
bringer of sleep in nursery lore, 1861, from sand (n.) in reference to hard grains found in the eyelashes on waking; first attested in a translation from the Norwegian of Andersen (his Ole Lukoie "Ole Shut-eye," about a being who makes children sleepy, came out 1842), and perhaps partly from German Sandmann. More common in U.S.; dustman with the same sense is attested from 1821.