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a clean conscience makes a soft pillow

proverb If one has no feelings of guilt or remorse, then they are able to rest more easily. I have always lived an honest, upright life, and let me tell you, a clean conscience makes a soft pillow. A: "I'm so torn up over what I did! I feel like I haven't slept properly in weeks." B: "You really need to tell Jonathan the truth—you'll feel a lot better if you do. A clean conscience makes a soft pillow, after all."

pillow talk

Intimate conversations between two people in a romantic relationship when they are in bed together. More than anything else, it's the pillow talk that I miss most since we had kids—we just don't have the time for it anymore, and it feels like we've become a bit distant as a result.
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offensive slang A homosexual male.


Resting or reclining on some soft, cushioned material. She lay pillowed on velvet cushions. You should see her dog—the thing sleeps at night pillowed in a lush satin mattress. I swear, it has a better life than I do.
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the best advice is found on the pillow

proverb Being well-rested will likely help you to solve or address an issue or problem. If you're unsure of how to proceed, why not get back to me in the morning? After all, the best advice is found on the pillow.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

ˈpillow talk

(informal) a conversation in bed between lovers when promises are made which should not be taken too seriously, or secrets are revealed: ‘He said he’d never been so deeply in love in the whole of his life.’ ‘That was just pillow talk.’‘How did he find out about that?’ ‘Pillow talk, probably.’
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mod. pregnant. (Refers to the swelling in a pregnant woman’s abdomen.) She does look a bit pillowed, doesn’t she?
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

pillow talk

Exchanging information, often of a privileged nature, in bed. Dating from the first half of the 1900s, the term was the title of a romantic comedy motion picture (1959) starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day. A New York Times article had it, “Mrs. Ford makes it plain she gets her views across to Mr.[President] Ford in what she calls ‘pillow talk’” (Aug. 4, 1975).
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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"No slang," snapped Jo, slamming down the pillow. But it was too late, there was no room for it, and coasting onto the floor, it disappeared in a most mysterious manner.
"Are you going?" demanded Jo, diving for the pillow.
He looked at the peaceful face on the pillow once more.
He dropped the pillow, and lifted his terrible right arm to brush her from him, as he might have brushed an insect from him.
Presently, a sort of choking sound came out of the pillow, and went straight to her heart the most pathetic sob she ever heard, for, though it was the most natural means of relief, the poor fellow must not indulge in it because of the afflicted eyes.
Take your head out of that hot pillow, and let me cool it.
Still--'twon't last, with me tossing back and forth on the pillow as I do."
Anyhow, I should think you'd be glad it's black--black shows up so much nicer on a pillow than yellow hair like mine does."
Thenceforward he found no more gold under his pillow, and it lay under the maiden's; but he was so much in love and so much bewitched that he thought of nothing except spending all his time with the maiden.
"He waked me up, damn him, and said he'd look in again." And pulling up the rug he flung himself back on the pillow. "Oh, do shut up, Yashvin!" he said, getting furious with Yashvin, who was pulling the rug off him.
'Ah, poor dear, so it is!' said the nurse, picking up the cork of the green bottle, which had fallen out on the pillow, as she stooped to take up the child.
Pressing the pillow against his left ear, I asked him if he heard me, but he gave no sign.
He broke out in mocking laughter, then turned his left ear to the pillow as a sign that he wished no further conversation.
"Get out of the room!" he shouted and he caught hold of his pillow and threw it at her.
At first there was a little peevish cry of "mammy", and an effort to regain the pillowing arm and bosom; but mammy's ear was deaf, and the pillow seemed to be slipping away backward.