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count sheep

1. To perform any repetitive or monotonous thought exercise as a means of calming the mind to try to fall asleep (such as the traditional sleep aid of counting imaginary sheep). Whenever I go to bed with a racing mind, I make myself count sheep until I drift off to sleep.
2. By extension, to be kept awake at night or experience insomnia. Usually used in the continuous form. After I lost my job, I was up counting sheep all night, trying to figure out how I'd make ends meet.
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count sheep

count imaginary sheep jumping over a fence one by one in an attempt to send yourself to sleep.
1977 Harvey Pitcher When Miss Emmie was in Russia Did you know that if you count sheep, it is watching the sheep jump that sends you off?
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count ˈsheep

imagine that sheep are jumping over a fence and count them, as a way of getting to sleep: Doug closed his eyes and tried counting sheep, but he still couldn’t get to sleep.
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