from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An instance of a child spending the night at another child's house.

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  • noun the act of spending the night as a guest in another's house, especially the participants are children
  • noun an overnight guest

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  • noun an occasion of spending a night away from home or having a guest spend the night in your home (especially as a party for children)


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  • Ohio is an election battleground state with perennial problems at the polls. So what have election officials in some precincts of the state been doing to keep their voting machines safe from tampering?

    Taking the machines home with them and stashing them in their garages in the days before a big election.

    If it sounds like something pulled straight out of an episode of Saturday Night Live, or Borat for that matter, it’s not. The practice has become so widespread that it even has a nickname, “sleepovers.�?

    The New York Times, Mom, Can My Voting Machine Spend the Night?, by Anahad O'Connor, August 19, 2008

    August 20, 2008

  • I don't know about you, but I feel much safer knowing that a total stranger is taking home the voting machine--where no one else can see it for about 12 hours. Eesh.

    August 20, 2008