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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


SLEEP - TIREDNESS

Idioms
from:   'asleep at the wheel'   to:  'sleeping partner'


  • asleep at the wheel
    • If you say that someone is asleep at the wheel, you mean that they are not sufficiently attentive, especially at a critical moment when vigilance is required.
      "When the firemen arrived too late at the scene, the night watchman was accused of being asleep at the wheel."

  • cat nap
    • If you have a short sleep during the day, you have a cat nap.
      "My dad often has a cat nap on a Sunday afternoon."

  • forty winks
    • If you have forty winks, you have a short sleep or rest, generally during the day.
      "Dad likes to have forty winks after a game of golf."

  • hit the hay / hit the sack
    • When you hit the hay (or hit the sack), you go to bed.
      "The boys were so exhausted that they hit the hay as soon as they reached the campsite."

  • lie in
    • If you lie in, you stay in bed after the normal time for getting up.
      "Great! Tomorrow I'm not on duty so I can lie in!"

  • out like a light
    • If a person is out like a light, they are so tired that they fall asleep very quickly.
      "As soon as his head touched the pillow, he was out like a light."

  • ready to drop
    • Someone who is ready to drop is extremely tired and nearly too exhausted to stay standing.
      "I've been shopping all day with Judy. I'm ready to drop!"

  • sleep like a log
    • If you sleep like a log, you sleep deeply or soundly.
      "After a day at the beach, I usually sleep like a log."

  • sleep on it
    • If you take time (until the next day) to think something over before making a decision, you sleep on it.
      "I suggest you sleep on it. You can give me your decision tomorrow."

  • not sleep a wink / not get a wink of sleep
    • If someone doesn't get a wink of sleep, they don't sleep at all.
      "It was so noisy in the hotel, I didn't get a wink of sleep."

  • not lose (any) sleep
    • When something happens that in your opinion is not a cause for worry, you can say that you will not lose (any) sleep over it.
      "I've mislaid the book but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it."

  • let sleeping dogs lie
    • If you tell someone to let sleeping dogs lie, you are asking them not to interfere with a situation because they could cause problems.
      "Look, they've settled their differences. It's time to let sleeping dogs lie"

  • sleeping partner
    • The term 'sleeping partner' refers to a person who invests in a business without taking an active part in its management, and whose association with the enterprise is not public knowledge.
      "He works alone but his business is partly financed by a sleeping partner."

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