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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SLEEPING AROUND

There were only twenty-two of us sleeping around the fire in the centre.

His companions were sleeping around him, but he saw nothing of the sentry.

One of the men who had been sleeping around the fire was McNally himself.

The three women of the house and the man were sleeping around the room in bunks.

A lot of sheep were sleeping around the fire, and an old shepherd sat and watched over the flock.

But that night I could not sleep; and when all were sleeping around me, I rose and went out into the forest.

The warriors after the laborious day, chilled by the autumn fog, were sleeping around their fires.

The men were all sleeping around the fire, except one, a nervous fellow, of whose qualities I had not a high opinion.

These thoughts pass through my mind as I keep watch while the men are sleeping around me.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English slæpan "to be or fall asleep; be dormant or inactive" (class VII strong verb; past tense slep, past participle slæpen), from Proto-Germanic *slepan (cf. Old Saxon slapan, Old Frisian slepa, Middle Dutch slapen, Dutch slapen, Old High German slafen, German schlafen, Gothic slepan "to sleep"), from PIE root *sleb- "to be weak, sleep" (cf. Old Church Slavonic slabu "lax, weak," Lithuanian silpnas "weak"), which perhaps is connected to the root of slack (adj.). Sleep with "do the sex act with" is in Old English:

Related: Slept; sleeping. Sleep around first attested 1928.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SLEEPING AROUND

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nounsexual intercourse
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