English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Sleep - Tiredness
|asleep at the wheel||If you say that
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.
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/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
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
doesn't get a wink of sleep, they don't
sleep a 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
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.
term 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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