be asleep at the wheel

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be asleep at the wheel

To fail to attend to one's responsibilities or duties; to be inattentive to that which is important or for which one is responsible. Johnson was supposed to make sure the paperwork went through before the deadline, but it looks like he was asleep at the wheel. Our goalkeeper is such a nincompoop. We would have won that match if he hadn't been asleep at the wheel!
See also: asleep, wheel
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It is the voters who are asleep at the wheel and not meeting their civic responsibilities to keep government small and manageable.
Queenan had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, we nevertheless take quite seriously his observation that "something drastic is needed to allay the public suspicion that some boards are asleep at the wheel.
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