a wink of sleep

a wink of sleep

n. a bit of sleep; the smallest amount of sleep. (Usually in the negative.) I couldn’t get a wink of sleep because of the noise.
See also: of, sleep, wink
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Well, you did give it to us yesterday," said one of those who had come in; "you didn't let us get a wink of sleep all night.
Why, I haven't had a wink of sleep these three weeks
Couldn't get a wink of sleep till daylight, Dob," said he.
Old Governor Bellingham would come grimly forth, with his King James' ruff fastened askew, and Mistress Hibbins, with some twigs of the forest clinging to her skirts, and looking sourer than ever, as having hardly got a wink of sleep after her night ride; and good Father Wilson too, after spending half the night at a death-bed, and liking ill to be disturbed, thus early, out of his dreams about the glorified saints.
You've been shut up in that hateful old room for three days now without a morsel to eat, and in all likelihood without a wink of sleep.
In fact, it was only yesterday that I heard the farmer's wife say to her mother that she could not get a wink of sleep at night on account of us.
For two nights I had hardly had a wink of sleep, and my brain was beginning to feel that numbness which marks cerebral exhaustion.
Neither he nor the second mate could get a wink of sleep in their watches below for the noise.
TRAVEL pillows may look all snuggly and comfy, but the reality is you're more likely to get a crick in the neck than a wink of sleep with one of those horrid squidgy sausages wedged round your neck.
TRAVEL pillows may look all snuggly and comfy, but the reality you're more likely to get a crick in the neck than a wink of sleep with one of those horrid squidgy sausages wedged round your neck.
As we prepared to go live, a remarkably fresh–looking John Swinney told me he hadn't had a wink of sleep over the last 36 hours.
I was so shocked and p***d off by what had happened and I just couldn't think straight so I didn't get a wink of sleep going into my biggest race of the year.
Well, nobody on the border will be getting a wink of sleep tonight after this terrifying look at the criminals running amok on their doorstep.
SHUNSUKE NAKAMURA didn't get a wink of sleep after Celtic's draw with ACMilan - because he failed to score two free-kicks.
I could never afford to buy a home in the neighborhoods where I have lived and haven't lost a wink of sleep over it.