Forty-winks



noun, Informal.
1.
a short nap.
noun
1.
(functioning as singular or pl) (informal) a short light sleep; nap

A nap; a short sleep: “If you’re feeling drowsy, take forty winks; I’ll wake you when our guests arrive.”

noun phrase

A short sleep; nap: He caught forty winks and perked right up (1828+)
A brief nap, as in There’s just time for forty winks before we have to leave. This expression supposedly was first recorded in 1828 and relies on wink in the sense of “sleep,” a usage dating from the 14th century.

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