Basic Guidelines For English Spellings
(also North American asleep at the switch)informal
Not attentive or alert.
lax, negligent, neglectful, remiss, careless, slapdash, slipshod, lackadaisical, lazy, inefficient, incompetent, inattentive, offhand, casual, disorderly, disorganized
- ‘let's hope the regulators are not asleep at the wheel’
- ‘someone must have been asleep at the switch to allow this’
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