Brewer's: Forty Winks
A short nap. Forty is an indefinite number, meaning a few. Thus, we say, ?A, B, C, and forty more.? Coriolanus says, ?I could beat forty of them? (iii. 1). (See Forty.)
?The slave had forty thousand lives.?
I loved Ophelia; forty thousand brothers Could not, with all their quantity of love, Make up my sum.