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forty minutes of hell

In collegiate basketball, the entire duration (40 minutes) of a game played in a suffocatingly aggressive manner. The phrase was reportedly coined by Nolan Richardson while coaching the Arkansas Razorbacks in the mid-1990s. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. OK, everyone, go out there and give them forty minutes of hell—don't even give them a chance to breathe!
See also: forty, hell, minute, of

forty ways from Sunday

Thoroughly or completely; in every possible way; from every conceivable angle. Everyone had their money on the reigning champion, but he was beaten forty ways from Sunday by the newcomer. We researched the case forty ways from Sunday, but there didn't seem to be any way that we could win with the evidence at hand.
See also: forty, Sunday, way

forty ways to Sunday

Thoroughly or completely; in every possible way; from every conceivable angle. Everyone had their money on the reigning champion, but he was beaten forty ways to Sunday by the newcomer. We researched the case forty ways to Sunday, but there didn't seem to be any way that we could win with the evidence at hand.
See also: forty, Sunday, way

back forty

Sprawling, uncultivated acreage, as would be found on a farm. I often go to the back forty of my property when I need some quiet time to think.
See also: back, forty

go two-forty

To move very quickly; to race. The phrase refers to a horse racing record of a mile completed in two minutes and 40 seconds. I need to start going two-forty through this paperwork if I want to have it done by the deadline.

catch forty winks

To sleep for a short time; to take a nap. Dad's upstairs catching forty winks before dinner.
See also: catch, forty, wink

forty winks

A nap or a brief sleep. When you have a baby for the first time, you are suddenly forced to learn how to operate on only forty winks at a time. I'm going to go grab a quick forty winks before everyone starts arriving for the dinner party.
See also: forty, wink

catch forty winks

 and take forty winks; have forty winks
Fig. to take a nap; to get some sleep. I'll just catch forty winks before getting ready for the party. I think I'll go to bed and take forty winks. See you in the morning.
See also: catch, forty, wink

forty winks

Fig. a nap; some sleep. I could use forty winks before I have to get to work. I need forty winks before I get started again.
See also: forty, wink

Life begins at forty.

Prov. By the time you are forty years old, you have enough experience and skill to do what you want to do with your life. (Often said as an encouragement to those reaching middle age.) Alan: Why are you so depressed? Jane: Tomorrow's my fortieth birthday. Alan: Cheer up! Life begins at forty. For Pete, life began at forty, because by that time he had enough financial security to enjoy himself now and then, rather than having to work all the time.
See also: begin, forty, life

forty winks

A brief nap, as in There's just time for forty winks before we have to leave. This expression supposedly was first recorded in 1828 and relies on wink in the sense of "sleep," a usage dating from the 14th century.
See also: forty, wink

forty winks

OLD-FASHIONED, INFORMAL
If you have forty winks, you have a short sleep. He always has forty winks after supper.
See also: forty, wink

forty winks

n. a nap; sleep. (Usually with a quantifier. Either forty or some, a few, a bunch of, etc.) I could use forty winks before I have to get to work.
See also: forty, wink

Forty acres and a mule

A a government handout; a broken promise. As Union general William T. Sherman marched through Georgia and other parts of the confederacy during the Civil War, he promised freed slaves the gift of forty acres of South Carolina and Georgia farmland and an army mule with which to work the soil. Following the war, however, President Johnson rescinded Sherman's order, and the appropriated land was restored to its owners. While most citizens adopted the phrase as a metaphor for either any form of government handout (or a trifling salary or bonus from their employer), African-Americans who remembered the expression's history used it as a rueful reminder of a offer that was reneged upon.
See also: acre, and, forty, mule
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Thai Oil has bought about 500,000 barrels of Forties from Unipec, the trading arm of Asia's largest refiner Sinopec, the sources said.
The oil will be discharged from Very Large Crude Carrier Marbat, which left Hound Point with Forties in September for Yangpu in China, the sources said.
Nexen is conducting maintenance on the largest of the 50 fields that make up the Forties crude grade.
Traders mostly attributed the strength in Forties to a sharp decline in August output amid planned maintenance, and many cargo deferrals in the August program.
From that date, the Platts "Dated Brent" assessed price will take into account activity in two other North Sea grades in addition to Brent: Forties and Oseberg.
The addition of Forties and Oseberg into the mix makes up to 100 cargoes available a month.
For women in their forties, however, this study's findings, as well as other evidence, may argue against routine mammography, Land and other scientists believe.
We believe the development of a forward market instrument which reflects the values of Brent, Forties and Oseberg is a healthy one.
Late last month, the Atlanta-based American Cancer Society (ACS) changed its recommendations and now advises women in their forties to get a mammogram every year.
The value of Forties crude oil on the international spot market rose sharply as details of the maintenance work filtered out.
However, further delays could be important to Apache, as Forties Field accounts for approximately 14 percent of Apache's total production on a barrel-equivalent basis.
Scientists continue to debate whether women in their forties should get mammogram screenings for breast cancer.
Apache has a healthy portfolio of growth and profitability projects that range from the very successful exploration and development program in the Western Desert of Egypt to the high decline but highly profitable shallow water Gulf of Mexico natural gas plays and an active drilling program in the Forties field assets acquired in early 2003.
According to a press release on June 7 by the Forties Pipeline System (FPS), the summer quality of Forties crude oil will be significantly downgraded as a result of field maintenance activities.
14-percent interest in Forties, which is the largest single oil accumulation discovered and is currently the second-highest producing field in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea.