fall asleep at the wheel

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fall 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 fell asleep at the wheel. Our goalkeeper is such a nincompoop. We would have won that match if he hadn't fallen asleep at the wheel!
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Father dies in crash after son falls asleep at the wheel and loses control of car, says Dubai Traffic Prosecution department
London, Apr 6 ( ANI ): British driving ace Lewis Hamilton has said that the moulded safety seat in his Formula One car is so comfortable that he often falls asleep at the wheel between qualifying rounds.
And 83 percent said they agreed with the statement that ``a driver who falls asleep at the wheel is just as dangerous as one who is driving drunk.