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verb (naps, napping, napped)

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Sleep lightly or briefly, especially during the day: she took to napping on the beach in the afternoons
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  • I wondered if I had been glued to the bed, I could barely will myself to move, and then finally able to lift a limb or two, I turned over and felt into a sound sleep, napping for an hour.
  • I have no idea what I'm thinking or feeling about this, but I must be nervous, since I was up all night, and just napped very briefly today.
  • For many months he wouldn't settle, slept fitfully, never napped and as a result was tired, irritable and tiring.

noun

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A short sleep, especially during the day: excuse me, I’ll just take a little nap
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  • And then we all had a nice long afternoon nap.
  • He took a short nap in the afternoon and that was all.
  • I'll just take a nice long nap and you can wake me up in 2 hours.

Origin

Old English hnappian, probably of Germanic origin.

Phrases

catch someone napping

British informal Find someone off guard and unprepared to respond: the goalkeeper was caught napping by a shot from Carpenter
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  • Several times throughout the first half, they were caught napping as the ball was played over, through and round them.
  • From the restart, Windermere were caught napping, however, when poor tackling let Workington drive up the centre of the park.
  • Eventually, Manchester took a 2-1 lead before half time with an opportunist goal when a quickly-take free hit just inside the 22 caught Kendal napping for a second time.
Synonyms
catch off guard, catch unawares, take by surprise, surprise, catch in an unguarded moment, catch out, find unprepared
informal catch someone with their trousers/pants down
British informal catch on the hop

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noun

1 [in singular] The raised hairs or threads on the surface of fabric or suede leather, in terms of the direction in which they naturally lie: carefully machine the seam, following the direction of the nap
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  • Flannelette is a soft cotton fabric with a nap on one side.
  • Stitch all seams in the direction of the nap with right sides together.
  • Flannel wool is a soft, lightweight fabric with a nap on one or both sides.
Synonyms
2Australian informal , dated A bedroll used for sleeping on in the open.

Origin

late Middle English noppe, from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German noppe 'nap', noppen 'trim the nap from'. (sense 2) is probably from knapsack.

Derivatives

napless

adjective
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  • We stay in a cheap hotel that has hard, napless, gummy carpeting, like the stuff you sometimes find in the vicinity of indoor swimming pools.
  • Also, the lateral napless edges along a fabric web have also been scanned by means of mechanical sensors.
  • Note that nap and napless carpets played a crucial role in everyday life of Azerbaijanians.

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1 [mass noun] A card game resembling whist in which players declare the number of tricks they expect to take, up to five.
2British A tipster’s prediction of the probable winner of a race: he discovered that his nap of the day had sprinted home at 10-1 at Doncaster
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  • The three-year-old bids for the £10,000 Tote Quick Pick Showcase Handicap and carries the nap to get his head in front.
  • A top-class colt last season, Azamour has all the credentials required to win this crackerjack of a race and he is awarded the nap vote.
  • Whispered Promises gets the nap vote over an extended seven furlongs.

verb (naps, napping, napped)

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Name (a horse or greyhound) as a probable winner of a race: Harbinger is napped to win the Novices' Hurdle
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  • Motivator was napped by three of our pundits when a panel of experts were asked for their Derby 1-2 - 3s.

Origin

early 19th century: abbreviation of napoleon, the original name of the card game.

Phrases

go nap

Attempt to take all five tricks in nap.
Score or win five times: Tranmere Rovers went nap to inflict a heavy 5-1 defeat on West Ham
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  • Chamionship-chasing Nestlé Rowntree went nap against fierce cross-city rivals York RI at New Lane to keep up the pressure on West Yorkshire League leaders Carlton Athletic.
  • Kirkdale United went nap to take over leadership of the first division of the RJF Homes-Beckett League.
  • His shot took a nasty deflection to beat the keeper as the Shrimps went nap with moments to go.
Risk everything in one attempt.

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verb (naps, napping, napped)

[no object]
(Of a horse) refuse, especially habitually, to go on at the rider’s instruction; jib: horses which nap should be dealt with by professionals
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  • Vices, if they occur, like napping, can quickly be overcome, with no fear of getting the bit pulled through the mouth.
  • She will be showing people how to deal with issues like jumping, biting, rearing and napping by ‘listening’ to their horse.
  • At the first fence, he naps and runs out, and I hit him, and he bucked me off and was running around this field with me and the owners chasing after him.

Origin

1950s: back-formation from nappy, an adjective first used to describe heady beer ( late Middle English), later used in the sense 'intoxicated by drink' (early 18th century), and since the 1920s used to describe a disobedient horse.

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