asleep


asleep
a|sleep
S2 [əˈsli:p] adj [not before noun]
1.) sleeping
≠ ↑awake
Quiet! The baby's asleep.
fast/sound asleep
(=sleeping deeply)
2.) fall asleep
a) to begin to sleep
Grandad fell asleep watching TV.
One in seven road accidents is caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel (=fall asleep while driving) .
b) literary used to mean that someone dies, when you want to avoid saying this directly
3.) half asleep
very tired or not completely awake
Still half asleep, Jenny began to make the kids' breakfast.
4.) an arm or leg that is asleep has been in one position for too long, so you cannot feel it properly
5.) asleep at the wheel/switch
not paying attention to a situation, so that something bad happens
Several publishers were asleep at the switch, and missed the book's potential.
go to sleep atsleep2 (3) see usage notesleep1

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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