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What is the meaning of "kick the sandman to the curb" in the following paragraph. The article is about sleeping.
If you're lucky, you're still sleeping when it's "time to make the doughnuts." Bakery workers often rise and shine before the sun does, so that you can start the day—a couple of hours later—with a muffin fresh from the oven. We asked Joni Caputa, a pastry chef of two years at Lakeview's Bittersweet Pastry Shop, how she manages to kick the sandman to the curb at 4:15 every morning.Does it mean to wake up?
Thank you, abaka. It is difficult to understand all that from the context. Is it a common expression?
Actually, today's the first time I heard it. I'm guessing that it may be an Americanism. But the meaning is quite clear. There was a popular song in the fifties, I think, about "Mr. Sandman", and there's also the Sandman hotel chain -- you know, "good night's sleep" and all that.
There are several Americanisms in the text you quoted...Mr. Sandman, or The Sandman, is the mythical person who makes people sleepy at night. (Supposedly he sprinkles sand on your eyelids to make them heavy, which encourages you to go to sleep.)
"Time to make the doughnuts" has become part of the vernacular, but the phrase originated with an old TV commercial for the Dunkin' Donuts chain of restaurants. The ads showed a baker being roused out of bed at around 4:00 in the morning, showering, shaving, getting dressed and going to work, all the while muttering to himself "Time to make the doughnuts...." See, he worked at Dunkin' Donuts, and had to get to the store at an early hour in order to assure fresh-baked doughnuts were ready for customers when they started to pour in when the shop opened at 6:00AM.
To kick something to the curb ("kerb" in BrE) means to be rid of it, to discard it.
Thank you very much Ms. Ouisch for explaining the Americanisms.