forty winks

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forty winks

pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Informal
A short nap.
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forty winks

(functioning as singular or plural) informal a short light sleep; nap
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for′ty winks′

a short nap.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forty winks - sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed)forty winks - sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed)
sleeping - the suspension of consciousness and decrease in metabolic rate
siesta - a nap in the early afternoon (especially in hot countries)
zizz - a nap; "Arthur's taking a short zizz"
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(ˈfoːti) noun
1. the number or figure 40.
2. the age of 40.
1. 40 in number.
2. aged 40.
ˈforties noun plural
1. the period of time between one's fortieth and fiftieth birthdays.
2. the range of temperatures between forty and fifty degrees.
3. the period of time between the fortieth and fiftieth years of a century.
ˈfortieth noun
1. one of forty equal parts.
2. (also adjective) the last of forty (people, things etc); the next after the thirty-ninth.
having forty (of something). a forty-page index.
ˈforty-year-old noun, adjective
(a person or animal) that is forty years old.
forty winks
a short sleep. He always has forty winks after dinner.

forty (not fourty).


(wiŋk) verb
1. to shut and open an eye quickly in friendly greeting, or to show that something is a secret etc. He winks at all the girls who pass; Her father winked at her and said: `Don't tell your mother about the present I bought her.'
2. (of eg lights) to flicker and twinkle.
an act of winking. `Don't tell anyone I'm here', he said with a wink.
forty winks
a short sleep; a nap. Father often has forty winks in his armchair after lunch.
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References in classic literature ?
"Well, forty winks will do you no harm," the Master said, and left me.
And you've had your forty winks. So you really must get off to bed, old man!
"I thought you were with mother, so I took forty winks after I got those girls off.
Or would I have grabbed my forty winks to re-energise myself for the next debacle of the day, and just let that article slide out of my line of vision?
FORTY WINKS Workmen take a nap during lunchtime in Glasgow
"No," he told them, "I don't expect you to sleep on it before firing off an email or tweet - but please grab forty winks first."
The 29-year-old Loose Women panelist can be seen working on her laptop from her bed, wearing a workout bra, while one of her sons takes the opportunity to get forty winks on a big pillow.
With comfort this good, you might go one step further and end up catching forty winks.
Nigel, who also owns Zen and the Forty Winks Hotel and Guest House in the city, said: "We wanted to do something a bit different and something we would want to do.
The event is also sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association and supported by Tecnifibre, The Henry, Fila, Madison Galleries, Panasonic Cooking, Forty Winks and Regenesis.
Islamabad -- Senior officers of the Islamabad Capital Territory Police are either in forty winks or patronizing the criminals to operate freely to commit heinous crimes.
Kevin Keegan was a little big man full of boundless energy and charisma who captivated Tyneside and brought to life a club which was nearer to death's door than merely having forty winks.