sandman

[ sand-man ]
/ ˈsændˌmæn /

noun, plural sand·men.

the man who, in fairy tales or folklore, puts sand in the eyes of children to make them sleepy.

Origin of sandman

First recorded in 1860–65; sand + man1
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sandman

/ (ˈsændˌmæn) /

noun plural -men

(in folklore) a magical person supposed to put children to sleep by sprinkling sand in their eyes
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