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See also: Sleeper
sleeper (plural sleepers)
- Someone who sleeps.
- I'm a light sleeper: I get woken up by the smallest of sounds.
- She's a heavy sleeper: it takes a lot to wake her up.
- That which lies dormant, as a law.
- 1958, Duncan Leroy Kennedy, Bill drafting, page 12:
- The object of these provisions is to prevent insertion of "jokers" or "sleepers" in bills and securing passage under the false color of the title.
- A spy, saboteur, or terrorist who lives unobtrusively in a community until activated by a prearranged signal; may be part of a sleeper cell.
- 1969, United States Congress, Departments of Treasury and Post Office and Executive Office Appropriations for 1970: Hearings, (91st Congress, First Session, parts 2-3), page 479:
- We are up against the pros; and pros who have been involved in this kind of activity for many years. […] The public apathy today is disturbing — few realize, Mr. Chairman, that there are sleepers in this country and we know that they are able to manipulate at will behind the scenes.
- A small starter earring, worn to prevent a piercing from closing.
- A railway sleeping car.
- We spent a night on an uncomfortable sleeper between Athens and Vienna.
- (martial arts, wrestling) A sleeper hold.
- Something that achieves unexpected success after an interval of time.
- Synonym: sleeper hit
- A box-office bomb when it first came out, the film was a sleeper, becoming much more popular decades after being released.
- 1968, Marvin B. Scott, The Racing Game, page 160:
- For example, the [racehorse] trainer may have tipped a betting syndicate that he is about to unleash a sleeper […]
- A goby-like bottom-feeding freshwater fish of the family Odontobutidae.
- A nurse shark (family Ginglymostomatidae).
- A type of pajama for a person, especially a child, that covers the whole body, including the feet.
- Aaron, Devin, and Laura looked so comfy in their sleepers.
- (slang) An automobile which has been internally modified to excess, while retaining a mostly stock appearance in order to fool opponents in a drag race, or to avoid the attention of the police.
- (slang) A sedative.
- 1995, “Insomnia”, in Reverence, performed by Faithless:
- At least a couple of weeks since I last slept, / Kept takin' sleepers, but now I keep myself pepped.
- (slang, gambling) A bet placed on the gambling table and then forgotten about by the gambler.
- (goby-like fish): sleeper goby
- (clothing): sleepsack
someone who sleeps
saboteur or terrorist waiting to be activated
railroad sleeping car — see sleeping car
something that achieves unexpected success after an interval of time
freshwater fish of the family Odontobutidae
nurse shark — see nurse shark
type of pajamas that covers the whole body
internally modified automobile, retaining a mostly stock appearance
sedative — see sedative
- (rare) To mark a calf by cutting its ear.
- 1963, Jack Schaefer, Monte Walsh:
- I expect there ain't a trick to maverickin' and sleeperin' and changin' a brand he don't know.
to mark a calf by cutting its ear — see earmark
sleeper (plural sleepers)
- (rail transport, Britain) A railroad tie.
- 1901, Gipps, George, The Fighting in North China (up to the Fall of Tientsin City), Shanghai: Kelly and Walsh, OL 23299616M, page 40:
- 1961 July, Cecil J. Allen, “Locomotive Running Past and Present”, in Trains Illustrated, page 401:
- I should imagine that the smooth riding and the quietness of the diesel or electric cab, coupled with the effect on the eyes of endless successions of sleepers disappearing from sight immediately under the driver's eyes, might in time have a soporific effect, so that the company of a second man, who can assist in signal observations when he is not at work in the engine cab, seems highly desirable in such conditions.
- Synonym: (US) tie
- (carpentry) A structural beam in a floor running perpendicular to both the joists beneath and floorboards above.
- (nautical) A heavy floor timber in a ship's bottom.
- (nautical) The lowest, or bottom, tier of casks.
railroad tie — see railroad tie
structural timber in a floor perpendicular to the joists and floorboards