a wink of sleep

a wink of sleep

Any sleep at all. Often used in the negative. Our newborn son is rather colicky, so my wife and I haven't gotten a wink of sleep the last few nights.
See also: of, sleep, wink

a wink of sleep

n. a bit of sleep; the smallest amount of sleep. (Usually in the negative.) I couldn’t get a wink of sleep because of the noise.
See also: of, sleep, wink
References in classic literature ?
Well, you did give it to us yesterday," said one of those who had come in; "you didn't let us get a wink of sleep all night.
One waiter asked me yesterday how long we were here for as he didn't get a wink of sleep the night before due to our fans singing.
TRAVEL pillows may look all snuggly and comfy, but the reality is you're more likely to get a crick in the neck than a wink of sleep with one of those horrid squidgy sausages wedged round your neck.
TRAVEL pillows may look all snuggly and comfy, but the reality you're more likely to get a crick in the neck than a wink of sleep with one of those horrid squidgy sausages wedged round your neck.
Well, nobody on the border will be getting a wink of sleep tonight after this terrifying look at the criminals running amok on their doorstep.
SHUNSUKE NAKAMURA didn't get a wink of sleep after Celtic's draw with ACMilan - because he failed to score two free-kicks.
I could never afford to buy a home in the neighborhoods where I have lived and haven't lost a wink of sleep over it.
Now, this is a work I have always admired more than loved, and although I can respect the part it plays in the Balanchine canon, its descent into the mists of legend never caused me to lose a wink of sleep.
As we prepared to go live, a remarkably fresh–looking John Swinney told me he hadn't had a wink of sleep over the last 36 hours.
I was so shocked and p***d off by what had happened and I just couldn't think straight so I didn't get a wink of sleep going into my biggest race of the year.
DUFFY WALDORF hardly got a wink of sleep before being first out yesterday at 6.
With worry keeping him up all night long, Romero said, he has gotten hardly a wink of sleep in the past few days.
When the birds are flying, there are still nights before a hunt that I cannot get a wink of sleep.