big sleep

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Apparently coined by novelist Raymond Chandler.

Noun[edit]

big sleep (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic, almost always preceded by the) Death. [from 20th c.]
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 250:
      What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that.