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catch forty winks

To sleep for a short time; to take a nap. Dad's upstairs catching forty winks before dinner.
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catch forty winks

 and take forty winks; have forty winks
Fig. to take a nap; to get some sleep. I'll just catch forty winks before getting ready for the party. I think I'll go to bed and take forty winks. See you in the morning.
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Being part of an industry that appears to be undergoing another transformation every time one catches 40 winks, 40 years is a long time to have withstood, weathered, tracked, chronicled and, indeed, effected change.