Definition of asleep at the wheel (or North Americanswitch) in English:

asleep at the wheel (or North Americanswitch)

phrase

informal
  • Not attentive or alert:

    ‘our industry is asleep at the switch’
    • ‘We must have been asleep at the switch, and so we have to revamp our intelligence structure from the ground up.’
    • ‘Nor were our political leaders the only ones asleep at the switch.’
    • ‘As for extras, someone was asleep at the wheel on this disc.’
    • ‘We've been asleep at the wheel for over forty years, folks.’
    • ‘The software giant has been quiet in the news business for some time, but don't assume the industry leader is asleep at the wheel.’
    lax, negligent, neglectful, remiss, careless, slapdash, slipshod, lackadaisical, lazy, inefficient, incompetent, inattentive, offhand, casual, disorderly, disorganized
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