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dirt nap

A state of death or permanent cessation. He's got a lot of nerve to talk to me like that! I think he's looking for a dirt nap! The popular television show now appears headed for a dirt nap following the exit of its lead star.
See also: dirt, nap

a cat nap

A very brief but restful period of sleep. I'm going to try to squeeze in a cat nap before my next shift starts, or else I'll be feeling sluggish for the entire evening.
See also: cat, nap

catch (one) napping

To exploit or capitalize on one's inattention (or, sometimes, literal sleep). We were able to sneak into the building because we caught the security guard napping. I scored a goal after I caught their defenseman napping.
See also: catch, nap

be caught napping

To have one's inattention (or, sometimes, literal sleep) exploited or capitalized on by someone else. The other team scored because our defense was caught napping.
See also: caught, nap

go nap

To have fives victories or scores. (The phrase refers to "nap," a card game in which players take tricks after being dealt five cards.) The other team's improved defense in the last part of the game is the only reason Smith didn't go nap.
See also: nap

not go nap on

obsolete To not favor or particularly care for. Primarily heard in Australia. I never went nap on such frivolity myself; I have always preferred order and discipline.
See also: nap, not, on

catch someone napping

 and catch someone off balance; catch someone up short
to come upon someone who is unprepared; to surprise someone. (See also asleep at the switch.) The enemy soldiers caught our army napping. The thieves caught the security guard napping. I didn't expect you so soon. You caught me off balance. The teacher asked a trick question and caught me up short. The robbers caught Ann off balance and stole her purse.
See also: catch, nap

take a dirt nap

Sl. to die and be buried. I don't want to end up taking a dirt nap during this operation. Isn't Tom a little young to take a dirt nap?
See also: dirt, nap, take

take a nap

to have a brief period of sleep. I took a short nap just after lunch. The baby takes a long nap each afternoon.
See also: nap, take

catch napping

Surprise, take unawares. This term is often used in the passive, as in The United States was really caught napping the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. It originated in the mid-1500s as to be taken napping. Also see under off guard.
See also: catch, nap

be caught napping

If someone is caught napping, they suffer a disadvantage by not being prepared for something when it happens. The security services were clearly caught napping and their response was therefore inadequate. European firms have been caught napping. As a result, they barely control one-tenth of the world market. Note: `Napping' means the same as sleeping or dozing.
See also: caught, nap

go nap

1 win all the matches or games in a series. 2 risk everything in one attempt.
See also: nap

not go nap on

not be too keen on; not care much for. Australian informal
Nap is the name of a card game resembling whist in which a player attempts to take all five tricks. Its original name was Napoleon .
See also: nap, not, on

catch someone napping

(of an action or event) find someone off guard and unprepared to respond. informal
See also: catch, nap, someone

catch somebody ˈnapping

(informal) find somebody not prepared or not paying attention, and perhaps gain an advantage over them as a result: Chelsea’s defence was caught napping in the final moments of the game when Jones scored his second goal for Liverpool.
Nap means ‘sleep’, usually for a short time and especially during the day.
See also: catch, nap, somebody

take a dirt nap

tv. to die and be buried. I don’t want to end up taking a dirt nap during this operation.
See also: dirt, nap, take
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