One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
phrasal verbNorth American
Fall asleep or lose concentration or consciousness.‘I just zoned out for a moment’
fall asleep, go to sleep, drop offView synonyms
- ‘He sings Otis Redding's ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ and it's so boring I zone out and my eyeballs fall out.’
- ‘Liz was already sitting there, front row centre among the geeks, yet she seemed to have, once again, zoned out and fallen asleep.’
- ‘This does more harm than good, as we tend to lose the thread and zone out.’
- ‘I was zoning out a little from the heat but Jill Sobule's set brought me right back to earth.’
- ‘Just zoning out in a bath from 20 minutes to an hour can be a wonderful home-spa experience all by itself, relaxing and private.’
- ‘We had been studying logarithms, and I had been zoning out.’
- ‘It is not the sort of cd I could listen to and just zone out to.’
- ‘You've been zoning out all day long, what's the problem?’
- ‘Do they zone out in church and only catch half the sermon or what?’
- ‘In between I collapse back onto the pillow, eyes closed and completely zone out while I wait for the next one.’
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