sleeping partner

noun British.

Nearby words

  1. sleeping bag,
  2. sleeping beauty,
  3. sleeping car,
  4. sleeping chair,
  5. sleeping draught,
  6. sleeping pill,
  7. sleeping policeman,
  8. sleeping porch,
  9. sleeping sickness,
  10. sleepless

Origin of sleeping partner

First recorded in 1775–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sleeping partner

  • Instead, she had cast about among cousins and so forth until she had found one who knew the sleeping-partner of the firm.

    Gray youth|Oliver Onions
  • I am quite content to be a sleeping-partner in the house of Dunbar, Dunbar, and Balderby.

    Henry Dunbar|M. E. Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for sleeping partner

sleeping partner


a partner in a business who does not play an active role, esp one who supplies capitalAlso: silent partner
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