forty winks
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1828 a short sleep ; nap

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  • Forty winks — is an English idiomatic noun that can be used in the singular or plural and means: to take a nap for a short period of time (usually not in bed),cite web | url = http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=forty%20winks| title = WordNet Search 3.0| …   Wikipedia

  • forty winks — {n. phr.}, {informal} A short period of sleep; a nap. * /When the truck driver felt sleepy, he stopped by the side of the road to catch forty winks./ Compare: SHUT EYE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • forty winks — {n. phr.}, {informal} A short period of sleep; a nap. * /When the truck driver felt sleepy, he stopped by the side of the road to catch forty winks./ Compare: SHUT EYE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • forty winks — n [U] informal a very short sleep ▪ I felt a lot better after I had forty winks …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • forty winks — ► forty winks informal a short daytime sleep. Main Entry: ↑forty …   English terms dictionary

  • forty winks — noun uncount INFORMAL a short sleep, especially during the day: NAP …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • forty winks — n. Informal a short sleep; nap …   English World dictionary

  • forty winks — noun sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed) • Syn: ↑nap, ↑catnap, ↑cat sleep, ↑short sleep, ↑snooze • Derivationally related forms: ↑snooze (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • forty winks — n. a nap; sleep. (Usually with a quantifier. Either forty or some, a few, a bunch of, etc.) □ I could use forty winks before I have to get to work. □ I need forty winks before I get started again …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • forty winks —    If you have forty winks, you have a short sleep or rest, generally during the day.     Dad likes to have forty winks after a game of golf …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • forty winks — noun A short sleep, an extra sleep, a nap. As youre so tired, why not try to catch forty winks before you leave? …   Wiktionary

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