[ sleep-in ]
/ ˈslipˌɪn /
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a person who sleeps in at a place of employment.
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Origin of sleep-in
First recorded in 1950–55; adj., noun use of verb phrase sleep in
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How to use sleep-in in a sentence
So accustomed had we been to exposure that we could hardly sleep in-doors.Cast Away in the Cold|Isaac I. Hayes
British Dictionary definitions for sleep-in
verb (intr, adverb)
British to sleep longer than usual
to sleep at the place of one's employment
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Other Idioms and Phrases with sleep-in
Sleep at one's place of employment, as in They have a butler and maid who both sleep in. [First half of 1800s]
Sleep late, either accidentally or deliberately. For example, I slept in and missed my usual train, or On weekends we like to sleep in. [Late 1800s]
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