fall asleep at the switch

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fall asleep at the switch

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 fell asleep at the switch. Our goalkeeper is such a nincompoop. We would have won that match if he hadn't fallen asleep at the switch!
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Between playing surrogate to President Obama on the campaign trail, making rousing speeches at national events, attending a private dinner at the White House, and bypassing the Legislature to give illegal immigrants a tuition discount, our governor seems to have fallen asleep at the switch.
It looks likes someone must have fallen asleep at the switch.
I have fallen asleep at the switch and the train carrying a "Top Secret" cargo is off the tracks in unsecured territory and he is alerting me to stop transmission.