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sleep away

To sleep throughout or during a large portion of a particular period of time, especially when one could have been doing something more fun or productive. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sleep" and "away." No, you can't just sleep away the whole weekend again! I want you out of bed by 10 AM tomorrow, ready to do something outside! I was so rundown from the 'flu that I just slept the whole day away.
See also: away, sleep

sleep something away

to spend or waste a specific period of time sleeping. You can't sleep the whole day away! Jim slept away his whole vacation.
See also: away, sleep
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As it was, I caught two or three naps, while Toby slept away at my side as soundly as though he had been sandwiched between two Holland sheets.
Her parents, seeing nothing in her ill looks and agitation but the natural consequence of mortified feelings, and of the unusual exertion and fatigue of such a journey, parted from her without any doubt of their being soon slept away; and though, when they all met the next morning, her recovery was not equal to their hopes, they were still perfectly unsuspicious of there being any deeper evil.
Never slept away from the cutter while on a cruise.
For example, if your child has never slept away from home, arrange a couple of sleepovers with friends, grandparents, etc., before camp starts, so that the child has the experience of sleeping away from home and from you.
Slept away on 14th July aged 88 years Jean, beloved wife of the late Billy, much loved mam of Kevin and Lynda, mother in law of Riff, adored grandma of Suzy, Daniel, Lee, Lewis and Danielle, great grandma of Chloe, Chantelle, Hannah, Reuben, Jacob, Elijah and Olivia.
When I'm a Celebrity colleagues Jimmy Bullard and Carl Fogarty slept away from the camp for a trial last week, she demanded they pay a bedroom tax.
One year since you slept away to the loving arms of your nana and grandad Luke.
Last year, 35,000 children slept away from home as part of the Giant Sleepover, raising lots of funds for good causes.
Huntershill Hospice: pounds 20 in memory of our cousin Ellen McLaughlin peacefully slept away on July 20, 2003, not forgotten by all.
In this room your great-grandmother, Big Mama, slept away under the eyes of the council of her daughters, who kept a vigil, a deathwatch, rocking back and forth in their chairs, humming unexpected hymns, huddling close together, making room for the angels, seven feet tall in blue pinstripe suits with silver lights for eyes.
In the packed snow of wind-blasted slopes they clawed out dens and slept away the winter.
Slept away peacefully on 5th December after a short tragic illness, aged 67 years, Alan, beloved husband of Mairi, cherished dad of Nick and Tim, loved father-inlaw of Marie and Andrea and much loved grandpa of Hannah and Finlay.
Slept away peacefully in hospital on 21st April, aged 65 years, Ken, beloved son of Ellen and the late Edmund.
Slept away peacefully at home on Sunday 21st September 2014, aged 91 years, Edna (nee Goldsmith), loved wife of the late Thomas William (Bill) who passed away November 1995 and mother of the late David Alan who passed in August 1966 and was always in her heart, a loving mam to Terry and Janice, loved mother-in-la in-la mother w of June and Frank, a special nana to Mandy, Mandy Ross, David, Steven and Kerry, a thoughtful and caring Little Lit Nan to Jazmin, Flynn and Callum her great grandchildren, we have precious loving memories of our Mam, Nana and Little Lit Nan, who held us together with her gentle hands and loving heart, she is already missed by her broken hearted family.