forty winks

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forty winks pl (plural only)

  1. (idiomatic) A short sleep, an extra sleep, a nap.
    Synonyms: nap, shut-eye, twenty winks; see also Thesaurus:shut-eye
    As you're so tired, why not try to catch forty winks before you leave?
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[[Episode 16]]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      [] who evidently a glutton for work, it struck him, was having a quiet forty winks for all intents and purposes on his own private account while Dublin slept.