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To get some sleep. We've got a pretty long layover before our next flight, so I'm going to try to stack some Z's at the gate. A: "Where's Jeff?" B: "Upstairs stacking Z's. It's been a hard week for him."
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catch some Z's
To get some sleep. In illustrations such as comics, three (or more) Z's are often used to represent sleep or snoring. We've got a pretty long layover before our next flight, so I'm going to try to catch some Z's at the gate. Jeff's upstairs catching some Z's. It's been a hard week for him.
See also: catch
catch some Zsand cop some Zs; cut some Zs
to get some sleep. (In comic strips, Zs are used to show that someone is sleeping or snoring.) I gotta catch some Zs before I drop. Why don't you stop a little bit and try to cop some Zs?
catch some z's
Take a nap, go to sleep, as in I stayed up all night studying so I'd better catch some z's. This term alludes to the buzzing sound of snoring. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
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catch some Zsmainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you catch some Zs, you sleep. Danny glanced at his watch and decided he'd go catch some Zs.
catch (or bag) some Zsget some sleep. US
The expression is based on the graphic use of a series of Zs to represent snoring.
catch/get some ˈZ’s(informal, especially American English) sleep: I headed home to catch some Z’s before our night out.
In this expression, Z’s is pronounced /zi:z/ (or sometimes /zedz/ in British English), and is used in cartoons to represent the sound people sometimes make when they sleep.
n. sleep. I need me some of them big Zs.
tv. to sleep. I got to blow Zs for a while; then we’ll talk.
catch some Zsand cop some Zs and cut some Zs
tv. to get some sleep. Why don’t you stop a little bit and try to cop some Zs? Max pulled over to the side of the road to catch some Zs.