fall\ asleep\ at\ the\ switch

v. phr.
To fail to perform an expected task; be remiss in one's duty.

The two airplanes wouldn't have collided, if the control tower operator hadn't fallen asleep at the switch.

The dean promised our department $250,000 but the foundation never sent the money because someone in the dean's office fell asleep at the switch.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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