In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(sleep)to have a kip — echarse un sueño / una siestecita / siestita informal
- let me get some kip — déjame dormir un rato
- To be sure that we're going to get a decent kip every night and not be harassed by a bed partner who makes repeated attempts at foreplay.
- I don't want to push my luck and may just get some kip from 6pm onwards.
- So that lunchtime kip under your desk is entirely justified.
- After a while I found myself hit by a wave of fatigue, paranoia and depression, but an hour's kip and a wander round the shops worked wonders.
- I feel that if I want to have a good night's kip, I shouldn't be trying to do it in the middle of the nightly entertainment zone.
- But as anyone knows, if you lie down and have a forty minute kip in the aisle of a supermarket, the manager will think you are a mentalist and tell you to move on.
- But I'm not made of such stern stuff and to fortify me for the festivities I'm off to my hotel for a few hours' kip.
- And these days I hear you can get a better night's kip on an overnight flight to Hong Kong than you do in a budget airport hotel.
- Then I would make my way back to somewhere I could catch the coach back to Oxford, and try to get a bit of kip on the journey.
- Anyhow, if we've finished playing Juke Box Jury now, I fancy getting some kip, if you don't mind.
- Though you've still been on the road for four or five hours to reach the ferry port, your time clock says you are ready for some kip, so you sleep like a baby, arriving before France really wakes up, refreshed and prepared for a long drive.
- I was just trying to get a few minutes kip, so I could function with some level of intelligence the rest of the afternoon…
- Little surprise that a survey has found that, given the chance of an extra hour in bed, most working men would rather have a kip than make love.
- And, having murdered sleep through killing a king, Hicks shoots his wife the wintriest of smiles when she later recommends a good night's kip.
- Two hours of kip caught, that gives me precisely 24 minutes to shower, coffee, dress, tackle the bags and shadows, then jog breathlessly to work.
- Finally I drifted off to sleep at about 3am, and, between then and the first mobile phone ringing at 5.45 am, I must have had, when you tot it all up, a good hour and a half's kip.
- I thought to myself that a long period on a coach trying to pass out with the aid of many tins of Stella and the least comfy seats in showbiz might result in some kip.
- That's one way to get some kip on the plane, leave your child in an airport.
- It was all I could do to get back to work to escape the nappies, the din and get back onto night shifts where I could turn in a decent bit of kip.
- Lo and behold out of the surf popped a little critter, and he proceeded to waddle up the beach and then up the banking for a bit of kip.
intransitive verbkipped, kipping
1dormirapolillar River Plate informalto kip down — acostarse a dormir
- Now at this stage I was all for kipping on the floor of the family room, rather than leave my poor, unprotected wife in the hands of evil maternity ward goons.
- In Japanese style, we just piled into the room and kipped on the floor, no beds, no mats, no nothing.
- Brother-in-law, by now, had already slipped out, so I had a little shut-eye myself, waking to find my beloved still kipping.
- I was back from Germany for a few weeks and was kipping for a couple of nights on the sofa in the place that my ex-housemates were now sharing with my ex-girlfriend (we're still friendly so it wasn't a problem).
- Hi mate, you know you said I could kip over any time I'm in London?
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