big sleep

big sleep

A euphemism for death, as in, the sleep from which one cannot awaken. Possibly coined by the author Raymond Chandler (1888–1959). I know it's morbid, but we all must sleep the big sleep someday.
See also: big, sleep
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Jon Beare, a spokesman for the Big Sleep Hotel chain, said: "We get on lists like this quite often because of John Malkovich, so in some ways it's nothing new.
The Big Sleep in Cardiff is usually better known as a stop-over for raucous hen parties and travellers on a shoestring budget, but according to Lonely Planet it is one of the top 10 celebrity hotels in the world.
THE BIG SLEEP (1946)Bogart and Lauren Bacall starred in the definitive detective movie based on Raymond Chandler noirish novel of the same name.
People from across the Midlands are set to learn what it would be like to sleep rough on a cold winter's night at The Big Sleep Out.
BIRMINGHAM'S annual Big Sleep Out has so far raised at least pounds 9,000.
A GLOSSY video covering the first ever Big Sleep Out at The John Smith's Stadium, featuring 150 hardy fundraisers, has been made.
* Ready for the Big Sleep Out 2011 are, clockwise from top lef t, Steven Brown, Daniel Beyland, Ellie Smith and Christopher James Lee
To find out more, visit www.bigissue.com, where you can also register for fundraisers such as The Big Sleep Out next year.
This is the 20th anniversary of the Big Sleep Out which involves the car park and street outside St Basil's offices in Heath Mill Lane turned into a cardboard city.
This year will be the 20th anniversary of the BIG Sleep Out, planned at the charity's headquarters in Digbeth on Friday, December 4.
Last week we gave readers the chance to win some fantastic UK breaks at luxurious hotels and following on from that we visit Cardiff's Big Sleep.
The Big Sleep saw 80 young people take their sleeping bags to Stockton Parish Church last night to experience sleeping rough for themselves.
THE Big Sleep is the antidote to every chintzy and worn hotel you have ever stayed at.
It truly is its own thing - The Big Sleep for 21st century indie kids.
And as well as raising the profile of the issue, Friday night's Big Sleep Out event also netted more than PS50,000 for homelessness organisations in the town.