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sleep on something

 
1. Lit. to recline on something and slumber. I like to sleep on a firm bed. Mary had to sleep on the floor because her sister was visiting.
2. Fig. to postpone a decision until one has slept through the night. (As if one were going to think through the decision while sleeping.) It sounds like a good idea, but I'd like to sleep on it before giving you my response. You go home and sleep on it and give me your answer in the morning.
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ˈsleep on it

not make a decision until the following day so that you can have more time to think about it: If you aren’t sure what to do, sleep on it and give us your decision tomorrow.
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sleep on

v.
To think about something overnight before deciding: If you can't make a decision right now, sleep on it, and give me your answer in the morning.
See also: on, sleep