asleep at the switch

Rate this phrase:(0.00 / 0 votes)
Neglectful of an important task, responsibility, or opportunity.

Etymology:

  • Probably an allusion to the important responsibilities of a railway switchman.
11 Views

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'asleep at the switch':

Asleep at the SwitchFailing to act or respond immediately, not being attentive
See them all »

Translation

Find a translation for the asleep at the switch phrase in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Nearby phrases

Some more phrases from our dictionary similar to asleep at the switch

How to pronounce this phrase?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

Discuss this asleep at the switch phrase with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this asleep at the switch definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "asleep at the switch." Phrases.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 27 Oct. 2020. <https://www.phrases.com/phrase/asleep-at-the-switch_2053>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest human-edited phrases collection on the web!

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.