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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #125916: Vocabulary: sleeping and dreaming
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    Vocabulary: sleeping and dreaming

    We have already dealt with SLEEP in test, but since it is an essential activity, I've fancied going further and dealing with another activity which is as essential and often more pleasant : DREAMING.




    Dealing with "the sleep of Death", Shakespeare had Hamlet say:" ... to sleep; to sleep: perchance to dream..."

    Yet, even our daily sleep leads to dreaming, and while we're awake, our mind is also capable of building an ideal scenario for us, leading to action. Let's listen to our Dreams and to other people's ... and we may even be able to fulfil them! 


       Terrible insomnia

     To sleep  To sleep in 
     To have a lie-in  To stay in bed           

     To have a rest

     To take a rest

     To rest up

     Wide-awake  Insomnia 

     To have insomnia/ 

     To suffer from imsomnia  


    - It keeps me awake! 

    - I've had a sleepless night!

    - He didn't sleep a wink! / He didn't get a wink of sleep! 


      ... go to bed!                           Nicely tucked in...

     To feel/ be sleepy  sleepily/ drowsily 
     Sleepiness/ drowsiness  torpor
     It's bedtime at bedtime 
     To be in bed  to go to bed 
     To put sb to bed  to tuck sb in 
     To fall asleep/ go to sleep                  to get to sleep 
     To drop off  to put sb to sleep 
     To go back to sleep 

     To be asleep/ fast asleep/        

     sound asleep 

    - To be asleep on one's feet!

    - I can't keep my eyes open!

    - To be ready to drop

    - To go beddy-byes

    - Sleep well!

    - The sandman has been here! 


       Fast asleep...                                              SOooooo tired...

    To be half asleep  I overslept 
     A deep sleep  To sleep soundly                    
     A doze/ a nap To doze off 

     To have a doze/ a snooze/ forty winks        

     To sleepwalk 

    - To sleep through one's alarm

    - To sleep round the clock! 

    - To sleep like a log! 

    ... and what about DREAMING???? 

     A dream/ to dream about  A nightmare 
     Nightmarish  His dream car 
     A daydream  To daydream 
     A waking dream  A hallucination 
     To have visions/ to see things                To hypnotize sb 
     A trance  To go into a trance                       
     A dream world To dream away

    - It came to him in his dreams!/ to see something in one's dreams 

    - Pleasant dreams! / Sweet dreams! 

    - My dream came true! (wish or a goal that a person has wanted or achieved after a long time.) 

    - Early morning dreams come true: the superstitious notion that dreams one has in the very early hours before one wakes up are fated to happen in real life. 

    - Broken dreams: Dreams or aspirations that have failed or been abandoned. 

    - In your dreams! A derisive phrase said in response to something that is far-fetched or unlikely to happen.

    - A pipe dream: A dream or idea that is impossible to accomplish. 

    - A dream in colour: To have bold, often unrealistic, ambitions.

    - Beyond (one's) wildest dreams: unimaginable: much better than you expected. 

    - A dreamboat: a very attractive or appealing person.

    The sky is the limit!: nothing is impossible) 


    I'd like to close this lesson on this positive expression and send you face the test with confidence.

    The sky is the limit! and the sky is unlimited... Go for it, then... and thanks for working with me. 


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    1. 'Lucy! Your is long past... Go to bed now.'

    2. After the long journey home, it’s time you , at last.

    3. If I watch this horror film before going to bed, I’m sure I won’t .

    4. He was so tired that he and missed his plane! Too bad!

    5. He’s had so many in his home country, that I don’t want to give him false hopes about what he can really hope for here.

    6. He has at least achieved his goals and ; life is much sweeter to him now.

    7. 'If you don’t want to have a , you shouldn't read this thriller.It's really gory and frightening.'

    8. At the moment, that is still only , but it’s something we must keep in mind for children’s benefit.

    9. The presents I was given were and I thanked everyone for them.

    10. Sandra was caught in a when the phone suddenly called her back to reality.



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