Definition of forty winks in English:

forty winks


  • A short sleep, especially during the day.

    ‘I could do with forty winks right now’
    • ‘With all the commotion going on outside on Sunday, Eric retired to his favourite spot for forty winks.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, trying to catch forty winks before last night's debate between candidates Kerry and Bush was not a good idea.’
    • ‘But the tiredness caught up with me, too, so while the process was running, I lay down on the sofa and took forty winks, too.’
    • ‘Hain's difficulty is that he took his forty winks at a most inappropriate moment.’
    • ‘When I returned the builders were in the process of packing up for lunch so I waved them off and slid under the bedcover with the intent of catching forty winks while they were gone.’
    • ‘But before you switch off your mobile, blissfully catch forty winks and let your voice mail pile up, remember that message retrieval costs Rs.1.50 per minute.’
    • ‘I still know where the young kids are at, and it seems most of them are head down on their desk having forty winks.’
    • ‘So it's back to passive browsing through some of my favourite blogs, excluding the Australian bloggers who, unlike me, are catching up on their forty winks.’
    • ‘I don't think I could sleep forty winks tonight.’
    • ‘At least they'd go out on the pitch feeling refreshed after forty winks.’
    repose, relaxation, leisure, ease, inactivity, respite, time off, time out, breathing space
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