Definition of asleep at the wheel in English:

asleep at the wheel


(also North American asleep at the switch)
  • Not attentive or alert.

    • ‘let's hope the regulators are not asleep at the wheel’
    • ‘someone must have been asleep at the switch to allow this’
    lax, negligent, neglectful, remiss, careless, slapdash, slipshod, lackadaisical, lazy, inefficient, incompetent, inattentive, offhand, casual, disorderly, disorganized