not sleep a wink

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not sleep a wink

To not get any sleep. Our newborn son is rather colicky, so my wife and I haven't slept a wink the last few nights.
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not sleep a wink

not to sleep at all. I couldn't sleep a wink last night. Ann hasn't been able to sleep a wink for a week.
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sleep a wink, not

Not sleep at all, as in I couldn't sleep a wink last night. This expression, in which wink alludes to closing the eyes for sleep, was first recorded about 1325.
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not sleep a wink

If you do not sleep a wink, you do not sleep at all although you try hard to. This was my first Grand Prix win of the season and I was so excited I couldn't sleep a wink that night. Note: You can also say that you do not get a wink of sleep with the same meaning. The hotel was so noisy, I didn't get a wink of sleep.
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not sleep (or get) a wink (or not get a wink of sleep)

not sleep at all.
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not sleep a ˈwink

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not get a ˈwink of sleep

not sleep at all: I didn’t sleep a wink last night because I was worrying about my driving test.
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"Saturday night I didn't sleep a wink - I'd be buzzing when we won and, when we lost, I'd be fighting with the pillow all night and tossing and turning."
"Saturday night I didn't sleep a wink - I'd be buzzing when we won and when we lost I'd be fighting with the pillow all night."
"He taps me on the shoulder in the middle of the night, (in a) pitch black room and says "Mummy, who's that stood in front of you?" Obvs[sic] I didn't sleep a wink for the rest of the night!" Better safe than sorry.
Christine, of North Wales, said: "I didn't sleep a wink, I didn't even try.
RELIEVED Stephen Gallacher revealed he didn't sleep a wink during his agonising wait to hear his Ryder Cup dream has come true.
I didn't sleep a wink that night trying to think where it could be.
Even the staff in the dope-box were congratulating us and I didn't sleep a wink that night - it was such a buzz.
"I didn't sleep a wink on Friday night thinking about the game," said the 22-year-old Llantwit Major product.
I must have checked it about 20 times, I didn't sleep a wink that night."
I didn't sleep a wink the night before, and I couldn't shut myself away on the team bus because that had gone on to Paris.
"I didn't sleep a wink after but we haven't got too much time to dwell on it.
I didn't sleep a wink but I am really over the moon now.
"We were all worried about risking him on this fast going and my head lad didn't sleep a wink last night," said Cunningham.
32 Snaddon confessed: "I was so nervous at the thought of playing in my first semi and against Stephen that I didn't sleep a wink before the game.
"And I had the best night's sleep ever on Wednesday night, whereas the missus didn't sleep a wink."
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