count sheep

Count sheep
If people cannot sleep, they are advised to count sheep mentally.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • count sheep — phrase to imagine sheep and count them as a way of making yourself go to sleep Thesaurus: to sleep, or to go to sleepsynonym sleephyponym Main entry: sheep * * * I see …   Useful english dictionary

  • count sheep — to imagine sheep and count them as a way of making yourself go to sleep …   English dictionary

  • count sheep — verb To attempt to go to sleep by thinking of something boring, traditionally by counting imaginary sheep …   Wiktionary

  • sheep — [ ʃip ] (plural sheep) noun count ** 1. ) an animal kept by farmers for its wool or meat. The male sheep is called a ram and the female is a ewe. A young sheep is called a lamb. Meat from a young sheep is called lamb and from an older sheep is… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sheep — W3S2 [ʃi:p] n plural sheep [: Old English; Origin: sceap] 1.) a farm animal that is kept for its wool and its meat ▪ Sheep were grazing on the hillside. ▪ a sheep farmer flock of sheep (=a group of sheep) →↑lamb1 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sheep — (n.) O.E. sceap, scep, from W.Gmc. *skæpan (Cf. O.S. scap, O.Fris. skep, M.L.G. schap, M.Du. scaep, Du. schaap, O.H.G. scaf, Ger. Schaf), of unknown origin. Not found in Scandinavian or Gothic, and with no known cognates outside Germanic. The… …   Etymology dictionary

  • count — count1 W3S1 [kaunt] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(find the total)¦ 2¦(say numbers)¦ 3¦(be allowed)¦ 4¦(include)¦ 5¦(consider something)¦ 6¦(important)¦ 7 I/you can count somebody/something on (the fingers of) one hand 8 don t count your chickens (before they re… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • count — 1 /kaUnt/ verb 1 SAY NUMBERS also count up (I) to say numbers in their correct order (+ to): Sarah can count up to five now. | Try to count to ten before you lose your temper. 2 FIND THE TOTAL also count up (T) to count the people, objects,… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • sheep — /Si:p/ noun (C) plural sheep 1 a grass eating farm animal that is kept for its wool and its meat: Sheep were grazing on the hillside. | a sheep farmer | a flock of sheep (=a group of sheep) see also: lamb 1 2 (often plural) someone who does not… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • count — I. /kaʊnt / (say kownt) verb (t) 1. to check over one by one (the individuals of a collection) in order to ascertain their total number; enumerate. 2. to reckon up; calculate; compute. 3. to list or name the numerals up to. 4. to include in a… …   Australian English dictionary

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