twenty winks

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twenty winks (uncountable)

  1. a very short sleep, half as long as forty winks.
    • 1931, Henry Berman, Life Demands! And Other Plays
      All right, go along to the doting mother, while I stretch out on the settle and chance twenty winks of sleep before Andrew turns up. I never sleep well on the train, as you know.

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