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1A whizzing or buzzing sound.‘there's a nasty zizz from the engine’
hum, humming, buzzing, murmur, drone, whir, whirring, fizz, fizzing, fuzz, hiss, singing, whisperView synonyms
- ‘From the metallic zizz of the starter motor and the first flurry of revs to the final frantic thrashings of the crankshaft, this is swansong motoring.’
2British A short sleep.‘Philip's having a zizz’
nap, doze, rest, siesta, drowse, catnapView synonyms
- ‘But sometimes a quick zizz for 15 or 20 minutes is wonderfully reviving.’
- ‘His talk was at around 2.30 p.m. and by then a number in the audience were completely with heads lolled to one side in a zizz.’
- ‘A ham sandwich and a cup of revitalising tea were sufficient to send me instantly into an afternoon zizz.’
- ‘Actually, I'd been woken from my second sleep, having got up before light to do a bit of writing, come over all tired and weary, and slipped back for a bit of a zizz.’
- ‘Prof Wiseman's study says something important about stress and creativity, and if I go just go for a zizz I may be able to work out what it is.’
- ‘It reads as if the author was sitting in some Indian village, a long way from a telephone or a satellite dish, and quietly got on with his work when he wasn't having a zizz.’
1Make a whizzing or buzzing sound.‘the crane whirred and zizzed’
- ‘It was very peaceful (bar the sound of the A12 zizzing past) and more than a little spooky.’
- ‘But there's such a thing as having everything too well sorted out by half, a fly caught in amber when it should still be zizzing busily around.’
- ‘I stayed there until far too late and then zizzed back into town for dinner with Phil and Kate.’
- ‘I collected the keys from the estate agent, as tradition dictates, and then zizzed around in the car.’
- ‘We dawdled in the general direction of the city and then sat around in Bow looking down at the cars zizzing past at high speed.’
- ‘When you've spent two weeks zizzing around on the hyper-fast, hyper-efficient French trains, the UK railways just don't compare.’
- ‘Cruised the aisles picking up recipe bits and bobs, then zizzed home to tidy the flat and start cooking.’
- ‘So anyhow, after a day of being generally limp and lazy, I zizzed over to Mark's and we drove into London.’
- ‘Despite the half inch of snow the trains were running on time and zizzed into London at untold speeds.’
2British Doze; sleep.‘when everyone inside the building had zizzed off he sneaked inside’
Early 19th century: imitative.
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