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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.
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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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this contract concerns a framework agreement for the supply of monoblock sleepers of prestressed concrete with fastening system and for certain sleepers, A continuous rubber element encompassing the rail.
9 rough sleepers per 10,000 households - the same as capital city Cardiff.
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.
The layout of your sleepers will depend on the layout of your decking.
Using the SCINEXA skin aging scoring system, poor quality sleepers showed increased signs of intrinsic skin aging including fine lines, uneven pigmentation and slackening of skin and reduced elasticity.
Poor sleepers also had worse assessment of their own skin and facial appearance.
Three groups were distinguished based on their habitual sleep time (HST) reported in the PSQI: short sleepers (HST [less than or equal to] 6 hrs).
The sleepers were removed from the Metro lines when six kilometres of track was replaced between Byker and Tynemouth during a 23-day major line closure earlier this year.
The combined distance travelled by all stressed sleepers in a night is 7,436 miles, says a study by hotel chain Travelodge.
Overall, the odds of having metabolic syndrome increased by between 48% and 83% in very short sleepers, short sleepers, and long sleepers, compared with the reference group who slept 7-8 hours per night.
DIY stores and garden centres across Ireland are selling old railway sleepers - despite claims they can cause CANCER.
Dark and moving, sometimes morbid, yet also haunting in its search to understand the human mind, consciousness, emotion and expression, Lives of the Sleepers is profound and memorable.
Scores on tests of information monitoring and reaction times dropped for the 6-hour and 4-hour sleepers, but not the 8-hour sleepers.
Our study shows that the body's internal clock programs a longer biological night in long sleepers than in short sleepers," said Dr.