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twenty winks

A very brief nap or a short sleep. When you have a baby for the first time, you are suddenly forced to learn how to operate on only twenty winks at a time. I'm going to go grab a quick twenty winks before everyone starts arriving for the dinner party.
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So counting sheep doesn't work and you're lucky if you get 20 winks, never mind 40.
Employees have been sleeping on the job since the beginning of time - at their desks, in their cars, in restrooms, anywhere out of view of their bosses (who occasionally work in 20 winks behind closed office doors).