forty winks


plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a short sleep : nap

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Each aircraft is equipped with just 76 full-flat sleeper seats that come fitted with a plush mattress topper for forty winks. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forty winks was in 1828

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“Forty winks.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition

forty winks

noun singular or plural
: a short sleep : nap
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