forty winks

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forty winks pl

  1. (idiomatic) A short sleep, an extra sleep, a nap.
    As you're so tired, why not try to catch "forty winks" before you leave?.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 16
      ...who evidently a glutton for work, it struck him, was having a quiet forty winks for all intents and purposes on his own private account while Dublin slept.

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