"wide asleep"

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Sun Dec 28 17:25:13 UTC 2008

Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky reports that her daughter Opal (age 4)
says that when she is deeply asleep she is "wide asleep".  makes
sense, though it's not idiomatic.

turns out that there's a big pile of google hits for "wide
asleep" (including for a 2002 movie of that name), in a wide variety
of senses.  my favorite is its use for a baby sleeping with its eyes
wide open.


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