Definition of sleeping policeman in English:

sleeping policeman

noun

British
  • A hump in the road intended to cause traffic to reduce speed.

    • ‘Chairman Derek Whitnell said: ‘We have asked several times for something like a sleeping policeman to stop the rat-run that goes down here, but nothing gets done.’’
    • ‘Bexley Council in their wisdom have now decided even the main roads need sleeping policemen.’
    • ‘Round our way, we've had a lot of success in the area of speed reduction with sleeping policemen.’
    • ‘Still, demands persisted for speed cameras, radar traps, sleeping policemen, chicanes and other traffic management.’
    • ‘I am all for sensible traffic-calming, rumble strips, sleeping policemen and so on to keep traffic flowing, but these chicanes are a nightmare and should be dug up and replaced.’
    • ‘Hardly anyone objects to the lower speed limit but people do have genuine concerns about noise and vibration caused by things like sleeping policemen.’
    • ‘We need some traffic calming measures like sleeping policemen to slow cars down.’
    • ‘Rumble strips, sleeping policemen and flashing signs have the same benefits.’
    • ‘Our roads don't need sleeping policemen - they have created a much cheaper way to slow the traffic down (plenty of holes in the road do the same thing).’
    • ‘And are we expected to believe that when these sleeping policemen are being placed on the road the very same people will not complain at the disruption caused?’

Pronunciation

sleeping policeman