sleep on (something)

sleep on (something)

To postpone a decision until the following day so that one has additional time to consider it. Why don't you sleep on the offer and let us know your decision in the morning? I'm still not sure if I'm ready to spend that much money. Can I sleep on it?
See also: on, sleep

sleep on something

 
1. Lit. to recline on something and slumber. I like to sleep on a firm bed. Mary had to sleep on the floor because her sister was visiting.
2. Fig. to postpone a decision until one has slept through the night. (As if one were going to think through the decision while sleeping.) It sounds like a good idea, but I'd like to sleep on it before giving you my response. You go home and sleep on it and give me your answer in the morning.
See also: on, sleep

sleep on something

Consider something overnight before deciding, as in I don't know if I want to go on such a long hike; let me sleep on it. This usage was first recorded in 1519 in the state papers of King Henry VIII: "His Grace ... said that he would sleep and dream upon the matter."
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ˈsleep on it

not make a decision until the following day so that you can have more time to think about it: If you aren’t sure what to do, sleep on it and give us your decision tomorrow.
See also: on, sleep

sleep on

v.
To think about something overnight before deciding: If you can't make a decision right now, sleep on it, and give me your answer in the morning.
See also: on, sleep