big sleep

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



Apparently coined by novelist Raymond Chandler.


big sleep

  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.