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kisahawklin ([personal profile] kisahawklin) wrote in [community profile] 15_minute_ficlets2014-09-21 01:18 am

Prompt #204

If you wish to do this as a spontaneous exercise, don't look at the word until you're ready to write (I recommend having Write or Die open in another tab). If you're going to mull over the word and write later, peek away.

Once you've completed your ficlet, please either comment here, or post a link to it, if you're posting on your own journal. Feel free to reference the community or number of the prompt in your outside posts, but if you use the actual word, please put it under a cut to avoid spoiling others, should they want to write spontaneously.

Today's word is: sleep

sleep [sleep]

verb (used without object), slept, sleeping.
1. to take the rest afforded by a suspension of voluntary bodily functions and the natural suspension, complete or partial, of consciousness; cease being awake.
2. Botany. to assume, especially at night, a state similar to the sleep of animals, marked by closing of petals, leaves, etc.
3. to be dormant, quiescent, or inactive, as faculties.
4. to be careless or unalert; allow one's alertness, vigilance, or attentiveness to lie dormant:
While England slept, Germany prepared for war.
5. to lie in death: They are sleeping in their tombs.

verb (used with object), slept, sleeping.
6. to take rest in (a specified kind of sleep): He slept the sleep of the innocent.
7. to accommodate for sleeping; have sleeping accommodations for: This trailer sleeps three people.
8. to spend or pass in sleep (usually followed by away or out): to sleep the day away.
9. to recover from the effects of (a headache, hangover, etc.) by sleeping (usually followed by off or away).

noun
10. the state of a person, animal, or plant that sleeps.
11. a period of sleeping: a brief sleep.
12. dormancy or inactivity.
13. the repose of death.
14. sleeper (def 10).

Verb phrases
15. sleep around, Informal. to have sexual relations with many partners, especially in a casual way; be sexually promiscuous.
16. sleep in,
...a. (especially of domestic help) to sleep where one is employed.
...b. to sleep beyond one's usual time of arising.
17. sleep on, to postpone making a decision about for at least a day: to sleep on a proposal till the end of the week.
18. sleep out,
...a. (especially of domestic help) to sleep away from one's place of employment.
...b. Chiefly Northern U.S. to sleep away from one's home.
...c. to sleep outdoors.
19. sleep over, to spend one or more nights in a place other than one's own home: Two friends will sleep over this weekend.
20. sleep together, to be sexual partners; have a sexual relationship.
21. sleep with, to have sexual relations with.

Idioms
22. put to sleep, to put (an animal) to death in a humane way: to put a sick old dog to sleep.

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