Значение идиомы asleep at the switch

[asleep at the switch] {adj. phr.} 1. Asleep when it is one’s duty to move a railroad switch for cars to go on the right track.

The new man was asleep at the switch and the two trains crashed.

2. {informal} Failing to act promptly as expected, not alert to an opportunity.

When the ducks flew over, the boy was asleep at the switch and missed his shot.


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