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a cat nap

A very brief but restful period of sleep. I'm going to try to squeeze in a cat nap before my next shift starts, or else I'll be feeling sluggish for the entire evening.
See also: cat, nap

be caught napping

1. Literally, to be discovered sleeping when one is not supposed to be. The security guard was caught napping at his post, so they fired him.
2. By extension, to have one's inattention exploited or capitalized on by someone else. The other team scored because our defensive tackle was caught napping. This is a highly competitive industry. You can't be caught napping, or you'll fall behind.
See also: caught, nap

catch (one) napping

1. Literally, to discover that one is sleeping when one is not supposed to be. A: "Why was Bill fired?" B: "I heard they caught him napping at his at his desk."
2. By extension, to exploit or capitalize on one's inattention. We were able to sneak into the building because we caught the security guard napping. I scored a goal after I caught their defenseman napping.
See also: catch, nap

dirt nap

A state of death or permanent cessation. He's got a lot of nerve to talk to me like that! I think he's looking for a dirt nap! The popular television show now appears headed for a dirt nap following the exit of its lead star.
See also: dirt, nap

go nap

To have five victories or scores. The phrase refers to "nap," a card game in which players take tricks after being dealt five cards. The other team's improved defense in the last part of the game is the only reason Smith didn't go nap.
See also: go, nap

have a dirt nap

slang To be dead (and buried). A: "And what about the witnesses?" B: "Don't worry about them, boss—they're all having dirt naps." I really don't care what kind of box they put me in when I go to have my dirt nap.
See also: dirt, have, nap

not go nap on

obsolete To not favor or particularly care for. Primarily heard in Australia. I don't go nap on such frivolity myself. I have always preferred order and discipline.
See also: go, nap, not, on

take a dirt nap

slang To be dead (and buried). A: "And what about the witnesses?" B: "Don't worry about them, boss—they're all taking dirt naps." I really don't care what kind of box they put me in when I go to take my dirt nap.
See also: dirt, nap, take

take a nap

To sleep for a short period of time separate from one's primary period of sleeping, especially in the middle of the day. I think you should go take a nap. You look like you're about to fall asleep standing up! I haven't taken naps since I was a child.
See also: nap, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

catch someone napping

 and catch someone off balance; catch someone up short
to come upon someone who is unprepared; to surprise someone. (See also asleep at the switch.) The enemy soldiers caught our army napping. The thieves caught the security guard napping. I didn't expect you so soon. You caught me off balance. The teacher asked a trick question and caught me up short. The robbers caught Ann off balance and stole her purse.
See also: catch, nap

take a dirt nap

Sl. to die and be buried. I don't want to end up taking a dirt nap during this operation. Isn't Tom a little young to take a dirt nap?
See also: dirt, nap, take

take a nap

to have a brief period of sleep. I took a short nap just after lunch. The baby takes a long nap each afternoon.
See also: nap, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

catch napping

Surprise, take unawares. This term is often used in the passive, as in The United States was really caught napping the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. It originated in the mid-1500s as to be taken napping. Also see under off guard.
See also: catch, nap
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

be caught napping

If someone is caught napping, they suffer a disadvantage by not being prepared for something when it happens. The security services were clearly caught napping and their response was therefore inadequate. European firms have been caught napping. As a result, they barely control one-tenth of the world market. Note: `Napping' means the same as sleeping or dozing.
See also: caught, nap
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

go nap

1 win all the matches or games in a series. 2 risk everything in one attempt.
See also: go, nap

not go nap on

not be too keen on; not care much for. Australian informal
Nap is the name of a card game resembling whist in which a player attempts to take all five tricks. Its original name was Napoleon .
See also: go, nap, not, on

catch someone napping

(of an action or event) find someone off guard and unprepared to respond. informal
See also: catch, nap, someone
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

catch somebody ˈnapping

(informal) find somebody not prepared or not paying attention, and perhaps gain an advantage over them as a result: Chelsea’s defence was caught napping in the final moments of the game when Jones scored his second goal for Liverpool.
Nap means ‘sleep’, usually for a short time and especially during the day.
See also: catch, nap, somebody
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

take a dirt nap

tv. to die and be buried. I don’t want to end up taking a dirt nap during this operation.
See also: dirt, nap, take
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

napping, to be caught/catch

To be surprised off guard, taken unawares. This term began life in the sixteenth century as to be taken napping. “Take Nappynge as Mosse toke his Meare” was the title of a 1569 ballad. The term was included in John Ray’s proverb collection of 1670, in which Ray commented, “Who this Moss was is not very material to know. I suppose some such man might find his mare dead, and taking her to be only asleep, might say, ‘Have I caught you napping?’” Yet Shakespeare and other sixteenth-century writers used the phrase in the modern sense of taking someone unawares; “Nay, I have ta’en you napping, gentle love,” Tranio says to Bianca (The Taming of the Shrew, 4.2).
See also: catch, caught
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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