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sleep

[from asleep, by apocope] adj. asleep: 1966 I be sleep (Crowley 121). <Gen.>

 I ain't sleeping on him [from the lack of awareness of one sleeping] phr. I am aware of his attempt to deceive me, but am acting otherwise. <Black>

 sleep whole sale [etym. uncertain, but cf. OED to sleep in a whole skin to remain uninjured, possibly by misinterpretation and influence of wholesale] phr. to sleep in one's street clothes, especially shirt, trousers, etc.: I was so tired till I sleep wholesale. I even ain't take my shoes off (Nassau).

you sleep [from the implication that the hearer must have been asleep if he didn't notice something so obvious] phr. of course: “You t’ink it ga rain, ey?" "You sleep!" "(Nassau).

Tags: adjective, phrase

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Last update: 2011-09-26 18:25
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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