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English definition of “the sandman”

the sandman

noun [S] uk   /ˈsænd.mæn/ child's word us  
an imaginary man who spreads sand that makes children rub their eyes and go to sleepLegendary and mythological characters
(Definition of the sandman from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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