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What does 'forty winks' mean?



 
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What does 'forty winks' mean? #1 (permalink) Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:07 am   What does 'forty winks' mean?
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #73 "At the End of the Day (2)", question 6

Forty apparently is the ......... allowed for this kind of sleep.

(a) major
(b) majority
(c) maximum
(d) macrocosm

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #73 "At the End of the Day (2)", answer 6

Forty apparently is the maximum allowed for this kind of sleep.

Correct answer: (c) maximum
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The forty in this sentence means minutes?
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What does 'forty winks' mean? #2 (permalink) Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:24 am   What does 'forty winks' mean?
 

No, 'forty winks'. It is a humorous comment. 'Forty winks' is an idiom for a nap, a short sleep.
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