Definition of forty winks in English:

forty winks

phrase

informal
  • A short sleep, especially during the day.

    ‘I could do with forty winks right now’
    • ‘Unfortunately, trying to catch forty winks before last night's debate between candidates Kerry and Bush was not a good idea.’
    • ‘With all the commotion going on outside on Sunday, Eric retired to his favourite spot for forty winks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At least they'd go out on the pitch feeling refreshed after forty winks.’
    • ‘I don't think I could sleep forty winks tonight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I still know where the young kids are at, and it seems most of them are head down on their desk having forty winks.’
    • ‘Hain's difficulty is that he took his forty winks at a most inappropriate moment.’
    • ‘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.’
    repose, relaxation, leisure, ease, inactivity, respite, time off, time out, breathing space
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