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shut-eye (n.)

colloquial for "sleep," 1899, from shut (v.) + eye (n.). Hans Christian Andersen's "Ole Shut-eye," about a being who makes children sleepy, came out 1842; "The Shut-Eye Train" popular children's poem by Eugene Field, is from 1896.

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of shut-eye from WordNet

shut-eye (n.)
informal term for sleep;
Synonyms: shuteye
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