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rough sleeper

Someone who sleeps outside at night (i.e., "sleeps rough"), usually because they have no home. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The government's aim is to have the number of rough sleepers halved in five years' time. I spent a couple of years as a rough sleeper after my house was repossessed. It's not something I would wish on anyone.
See also: rough, sleeper

sleeper

1. n. a sleeping pill. She took a handful of sleepers with a glass of booze, and that was it.
2. n. someone or something that achieves fame after a period of invisibility. The movie “Red Willow” was undoubtedly the sleeper of the year, winning six awards.
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There were no rough sleepers in Denbighshire on the night of the count on November 25, last year, but there were five in Conwy and one in Flintshire.
Sleeper grew up with the business his father created in 1939.
An investigating officer pointed out: " It is clear that the members of the sleeper cells were to be pressed into service only when required.
Notwithstanding the promotion he gives to a meeting to be held later this month to try to establish shelter for rough sleepers next winter, which is one step in the right direction, I would ask Coun Kirby to address the following issues, and provide some answers.
All those ridges and sunken spots meant hours of tedious shimming under the sleepers to form a flat surface for the decking (see Photo 3).
In particular, long sleepers report higher levels of subjective sleepiness after sleep deprivation, whereas short sleepers exhibit no significant increase in sleepiness levels (Aeschbach, Cajochen, Landolt and Borbely, 1996).
The combined distance travelled by all stressed sleepers in a night is 7,436 miles, says a study by hotel chain Travelodge.
DIY stores and garden centres across Ireland are selling old railway sleepers - despite claims they can cause CANCER.
One investor who has awakened to sleeper stocks is Andrea Hardy, an IT team leader with a healthcare company in Indianapolis.
SAMPLE SAVINGS BASED ON NORMAL SLEEPER APEX FARES: Aberdeen London SAVE pounds 50 return Inverness-London SAVE pounds 50 return Fort William-London SAVE pounds 50 return Glasgow-London SAVE pounds 40 return Edinburgh-London SAVE pounds 40 return When you travel, you'll be welcomed on-board by your Sleeper host, and in a few hours will arrive in central London where you'll receive a friendly wake up call together with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and a light morning snack.
The humble railway sleeper - a slab of treated wood with 1,001 uses - is to be banned from sale this summer.
Marcy Knopf's The Sleeper Wakes adds another welcome voice to the chorus of rediscovery of early African-American women writers whose multiple perspectives and interests demonstrate the fertility and variety of the "gardens" nourishing their contemporary daughters and sons.
In his engrossing and important book, (*1) Jim Sleeper argues that the classic New York resentment featured in popular culture has evaporated in a pool of weary cynicism: "From Ralph Kramden, the garrulous but decent 'big mouth,' and Archie Bunker, a quiver of barbed retorts against shrinking horizons, we have come down to a world of resignation spoken anonymously in the street: