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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. I absolutely cannot stand the sight of shellfish. Just being near it is enough to make me gag!
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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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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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References in classic literature ?
Philip made so much noise that I couldn't sleep a wink.
Only that the neglected garden had failed to grow food for them, they would always have lived in the solitary Blue Forest; but now they had started out to mingle with other people, and the first place they came to proved so interesting that Ojo could scarcely sleep a wink all night.
We obtained permission to go without much difficulty, although the spring evening was wearing late, for Aunt Janet said she supposed none of us would sleep a wink that night if we didn't.
So they went away and let the Scarecrow and Ozma alone; but Dorothy could not sleep a wink all night.
She'd be so excited that she wouldn't sleep a wink.
I remember too, Miss Andrews drank tea with us that evening, and wore her puce-coloured sarsenet; and she looked so heavenly that I thought your brother must certainly fall in love with her; I could not sleep a wink all right for thinking of it.
Why, I shouldn't sleep a wink for a week, if I had a batch of pies like dem ar.
Oh, it drives me half-mad to think of it, and I can't sleep a wink at night.
And I had the best night's sleep ever on Wednesday night, whereas the missus didn't sleep a wink.
Despite the shock of the sting that was like "something out of Love/Hate" and not being able to sleep a wink the night before the big race, Gary decided to run the marathon anyway.
But McCulloch, who bagged 14 goals in Wigan's title charge last term, says he will not sleep a wink if Paul Jewell's outfit are embarrassed at the JJB Stadium on Sunday.