sleep a wink

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of sleep a wink

informal
:to sleep for even a very brief time used in negative statements
  • I didn't/couldn't sleep a wink last night.

Word by Word Definitions

sleep play
  1. : the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored — compare REM sleep, slow-wave sleep

  2. : a state resembling sleep: such as

  3. : a state of torpid inactivity

  1. : to rest in a state of sleep

  2. : to be in a state (as of quiescence or death) resembling sleep

  3. : to have sexual relations

wink play
  1. : to shut one eye briefly as a signal or in teasing

  2. : to close and open the eyelids quickly

  3. : to avoid seeing or noting something

  1. : a brief period of sleep : nap

  2. : a hint or sign given by winking

  3. : an act of winking


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