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twenty winks

A very brief nap or a short sleep. When you have a baby for the first time, you are suddenly forced to learn how to operate on only twenty winks at a time. I'm going to go grab a quick twenty winks before everyone starts arriving for the dinner party.
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So counting sheep doesn't work and you're lucky if you get 20 winks, never mind 40.
Before long, ghosts are manifesting themselves willy nilly, doors are buckling in and loud bangs are making sure that these light sleepers can't even catch 20 winks.
Employees have been sleeping on the job since the beginning of time - at their desks, in their cars, in restrooms, anywhere out of view of their bosses (who occasionally work in 20 winks behind closed office doors).