[ sleep-out ]
/ ˈslipˌaʊt /
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a person who lives elsewhere than at the place of employment.
an act or instance of sleeping outdoors.
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Origin of sleep-out

First recorded in 1910–15; adj., noun use of verb phrase sleep out
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British Dictionary definitions for sleep-out

sleep out

verb (intr, adverb)
(esp of a tramp) to sleep in the open air
to sleep away from the place of work
noun sleep-out
Australian and NZ an area of a veranda that has been glassed in or partitioned off so that it may be used as a bedroom
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Other Idioms and Phrases with sleep-out

sleep out


Sleep at home, as opposed to one's place of employment, as in We have a full-time nurse for her, but she sleeps out. [Mid-1800s]


Sleep away from one's own home, as in She's not here; she's sleeping out.

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