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Sleep-related idioms Posted by on Apr 30, 2020 in English Language, English Vocabulary

Good evening to all readers out there! How have you been? More specifically, how have you been sleepingThe reason I ask is that I came across a very thought-provoking article the other day. Don’t worry, this is not another post about coronavirus. But it is somehow connected to it, to be honest! The article goes on about how some people have been reporting a significant change in the kind of dreams they have been having during this intense period of worldwide confinement and sanitary crisis. People claim to be dreaming far more frequently and way more realistically than usual. Have you been experiencing the same? I, for, one, definitely have. Well, even though it is very tempting to delve into this, the topic actually inspired me to dig into a list sleep, dreams and rest-related idioms that permeate the English language and can come in very handy whenever we feel like using a more figurative language to express ourselves. So, enough daydreaming and let’s get to it!

to sleep on something – to wait for a while before you make an important decision

  • Buying a house is a major step! Why don’t we sleep on it before we make up our minds? 
  • My husband is still not sure about the trip to Europe next summer. He said we would sleep on it and have the answer by the end of the week.

bed of roses – an ideal and comfortable situation

  • People think that working from home is a bed of roses, but it is simply not as great as it seems
  • Raising two children on a teacher’s salary is no bed of roses, trust me!

get out of bed on the wrong side – to be in a bad mood

Father and his baby getting some sleep (Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay )

  • Why are you acting like that? Did you get out of bed on the wrong side this morning?
  • I meant to ask my boss for a raise today, but he looked like he got out of bed on the wrong side so I changed my mind.

to put something to bed – to stop discussing or dealing with an issue

  • I thought we had put the matter to bed last meeting, but our manager insists on changing suppliers.
  • I know we’ve been married for a year, but I already told you I don’t think it is the right time to have a baby. Can’t we just put this to bed for now?

hit the sack/ the hay – to go to bed in order to sleep

  • Well, we’ve all got to get up early tomorrow, so it’s time to hit the hay!
  • Gosh, I’m so exhausted! I think I’m just going to hit the sack.

beyond your wildest dreams – something better than you imagined

  • After Tony came into that inheritance money from his uncle, he got rich beyond his wildest dreams!
  • Once we got to the island in Greece, it was gorgeous beyond our wildest dreams.

would not dream of something – not to dare to do something

  • Steve could really use some money this month, but he would not dream of asking his parents for it!
  • When I was your age I would not even dream of disrespecting my teachers like that.

pipe dream – a plan that you know will never come true

  • My dad always wanted to quit his job and open up his own business, but he knew it was just a pipe dream.
  • When I was a teenager I had my heart set on becoming an actress. But I soon realized that I had better get over this pipe dream.

This is it for now! Can you come up with any other idioms related to sleeping? Make sure to let us know. We might make your dreams come true next time!

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