be sleeping at the wheel

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be sleeping at the wheel

To be failing 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 sleeping at the wheel. Our goalkeeper is such a nincompoop. We would have won that match if he hadn't been sleeping at the wheel!
See also: sleep, wheel
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ADRIVER who died of severe head injuries after her car left the A470 and overturned several times may have fallen to sleep at the wheel, an inquest has heard.
Hassan was eventually "deprogrammed" by his own family after causing a traffic accident due to lack of sleep at the wheel of a church van.
I went to sleep at the wheel of a Fiesta five years ago and hurt myself and wrecked my car but fortunately no one else suffered.
08 times more likely to doze or sleep at the wheel.
If you are fighting sleep at the wheel, stop immediately.
A FATHER may have fallen a sleep at the wheel and killed his young son in a crash, an inquest has heard.
JUST a spoonful of cough medicine could be enough to send a driver to sleep at the wheel, experts warned yesterday.
A MAN who lived in a car lost his "home" after being caught in a drunken sleep at the wheel.