beauty sleep

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beauty sleep (usually uncountable, plural beauty sleeps)

  1. (idiomatic, uncountable) Sleep before midnight, on the belief that early sleep hours conduce to health and beauty.[1]
    • c. 1900, Ralph Connor, The Man From Glengarry, ch. 23:
      But eager as Kate was for her beauty sleep, the light burned late in her room.
  2. (idiomatic, countable, sometimes humorous) Extra sleep or a special nap.
    • 1906, Annie Fellows Johnston, chapter 12, in The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor:
      "I know I ought to be taking a beauty sleep," she thought, "so I'll be all fresh and fine for the evening."



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  1. ^ John Stephen Farmer and William Ernest Henley, Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present (1890), p. 159.