The age at which life is said to begin (only, it seems, by those approaching their 40th birthday).
40 is an important Biblical number: Moses was summoned to Mount Sinai at the age of 40, and he stayed there for 40 days; Elijah was fed by ravens for 40 days; the flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights; Nineveh had 40 days to repent; Jesus fasted for 40 days; Saul, David and Solomon reigned for 40 years; the Children of Israel wandered the Wilderness for 40 years; Jesus rose from the dead 40 hours after being placed in the tomb; and Lent lasts 40 days.
A short nap tends to last 40 winks.
40 ‘Immortals’ make up the French Academy.
A ‘binder’s pack’ is 40 books.
The Lapiths sent 40 ships to the Trojan wars.
This comes about for me tomorrow & I have decided to opt out. Thank you very much.