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Forty winks   /fˈɔrti wɪŋks/   Listen
Forty winks

Sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed).  Synonyms: cat sleep, catnap, nap, short sleep, snooze.

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"Forty winks" Quotes from Famous Books

... to seek you out, and make a bet with the Great Dipper that he'll have you off in forty winks, and the orchestra of the spheres whispers through its million strings and sings your soul to rest. For I tell you here and now, Matilda Anne, I, poor, puny, good-for-nothing, insignificant I, have heard that music of ...
— The Prairie Wife • Arthur Stringer

... further and further in; a Squirrel threw him a nut and turned aside, as if too lazy to play, and a drowsy Bee mistook his yellow head for honey, much to her own dismay. Phil felt uncommonly drowsy himself, in spite of his long night's rest, and was thinking of taking forty winks when a gentle rustle in the branches made him look up quickly. It ...
— The Junior Classics Volume 8 - Animal and Nature Stories • Selected and arranged by William Patten

... adj.; nodding &c v.; oscitation^, oscitancy^; pandiculation^, hypnotism, lethargy; statuvolence heaviness^, heavy eyelids. sleep, slumber; sound sleep, heavy sleep, balmy sleep; Morpheus; Somnus; coma, trance, ecstasis^, dream, hibernation, nap, doze, snooze, siesta, wink of sleep, forty winks, snore; hypnology^. dull work; pottering; relaxation &c (loosening) 47; Castle of Indolence. [Cause of inactivity] lullaby, sedative, tranquilizer, hypnotic, sleeping pill, relaxant, anaesthetic, general anaesthetic &c 174; torpedo. ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

... been turned into the room which accounted for the warmth she found so grateful. This, succeeding her shivering fit, made her drowsy and she shut her eyes "just for forty winks." But a good many times "forty" had passed before she opened them once more and found herself still alone. She got up and looked about her, thinking that she must go to "Number Thirteen" and bathe her face and hands, though not much more than that ...
— Dorothy's Travels • Evelyn Raymond

... get a bath and breakfast and forty winks later; then see Mrs. Hay and Bill, if he is back. They ought to catch him before he reaches Sage Creek. There are your couriers now," he added, at the sound of spurred heels on the ...
— A Daughter of the Sioux - A Tale of the Indian frontier • Charles King

... usual forty winks in her arm-chair, and their entrance did not disturb her. Helen was ...
— Thomas Wingfold, Curate • George MacDonald

Words linked to "Forty winks" :   siesta, nap, zizz, sleeping

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