• to catnap


    to have a short sleep

Translation


catnap = Nickerchen; to catnap = dösen, ein Nickerchen machen, kurzes Schläfchen; to catch (have) a catnap = ein Nickerchen machen, sich kurz aufs Ohr legen

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The 635-mile journey is difficult and exhausting; teammates exist on only 30-minute catnaps.

CBS News, "Living Stronger: Rod Johnstone's passion keeps him sailing at 80,"

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catnap

noun & verb

- A "catnap is a short sleep (usually not in bed)

- to catnap is to take short periods of sleep

Cambridge Dictionary

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ORIGIN

Cats will take long naps when they are bored. But, in general, they sleep off and on for short periods of time. In other words, they don't have a pattern of sleep like most humans -- awake for several hours and then sleeping for eight hours. The other thing is, cats don't seem to have a drowsy, waking-up phrase. They nap. They wake. Two speeds.

(The Phrase Finder)

Did you know that Winston Churchill was famous for his 18-20 hour workdays during the war years. This was possible because he took frequent CATNAPS.

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SYNONYMS

nap, forty winks, short sleep, snooze, take a siesta, catch a wink

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PRACTICE OWAD TODAY
Say something like:

"A CATNAP in the afternoon leaves me refreshed enough to get through to the evening."

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Thanks to Nick for suggesting today's word.

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