toss and turn

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toss and turn (third-person singular simple present tosses and turns, present participle tossing and turning, simple past and past participle tossed and turned)

  1. (of someone lying down, asleep or attempting to sleep) to be constantly moving, unable to lie still
    I didn't get a wink of sleep. I was tossing and turning all night long.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Part 2
      for, after tossing and turning the greatest part of the night, and tormenting myself with the falsest notions and apprehensions of things, I fell, through mere fatigue, into a kind of delirious doze

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