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sleeping draught

noun
1.
any drink containing a drug or agent that induces sleep
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  • She gave him a sleeping draught, and had him taken in a horse-litter to a castle of hers named La Belle Regard.

  • The words of Tatho were no sleeping draught for me that night.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • I would willingly have taken a sleeping draught, and never did I wait more anxiously than for the hour of four.

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
  • The object was to administer a sleeping draught, not a fatal dose.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • The bride, however, gave him a sleeping draught, and he slept so soundly that he heard nothing.

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • I had a sleeping draught, and I suppose it upset me: such things have happened.

    Man and Maid E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • It is like a sleeping draught—agreeable for the time, but mischievous and relaxing in its after effects.

    The Fortunes of the Farrells Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • About midnight the night sister gave me a sleeping draught, but it did no good.

    Trenching at Gallipoli John Gallishaw
  • Later, Celine came down to tell me she had taken a sleeping draught and there was every likelihood of her sleeping until morning.

    The Riddle of the Night Thomas W. Hanshew
  • We'll give the two of them a sleeping draught in their drink.

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