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sleeper

1. a railway sleeping car or compartment
2. Brit one of the blocks supporting the rails on a railway track
3. a wrestling hold in which a wrestler presses the sides of his opponent's neck, causing him to pass out
4. any gobioid fish of the family Eleotridae, of brackish or fresh tropical waters, resembling the gobies but lacking a ventral sucker
5. a spy planted in advance for future use, but not currently active

Sleeper

A horizontal timber laid on a slab or on the ground and to which the subflooring is nailed; any long horizontal beam, at or near the ground, which distributes the load from the posts to the foundation.

sleeper

[′slēp·ər]
(civil engineering)
A timber, steel, or precast concrete beam placed under rails to hold them at the correct gage.

sleeper

1. One of a number of horizontal timbers that are laid on a concrete slab (or on the ground) and to which the flooring is nailed.
2. Any long horizontal beam, at or near the ground, which distributes the load from posts or framing.
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The number of rough sleepers in Wales may have risen by a quarter since 2008.
Sleeper worked after school in one of his father's warehouses.
Their ( the four accused) version is that they have not directly interacted with any of the recruits, who are part of the sleeper cell.
The council relies almost entirely on charities to provide for the needs of homeless rough sleepers in the borough.
The layout of your sleepers will depend on the layout of your decking.
But most of the sleepers are soaked in Creosote, a chemical linked with cancer.
Some of this year's sleeper hits include Ambassadors International (NASDAO: AM I E), which is up some 122% so far in 2006.
Alternatively you can book via Scot Rail Telesales, using most debit/credit cards, on 08457 55 00 33 quoting Daily Record Sleeper Flat Fare Offer.
Or you can book via Scot Rail Telesales, using most debit/credit cards, on 08457 550033 quoting ``Sunday Mail Sleeper Flat Fare Offer''.
Although this may come as a relief to people who have suffered minor skin burns or stinging eyes after creosoting a garden fence, the loss of the railway sleeper will hit many gardeners in the pocket.
The WinterWatch campaign, launched in 1992 by homeless support group Crisis, has received backing from the Government's Rough Sleepers Unit.