be asleep at the switch

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be asleep at the switch

To fail to attend to one's responsibilities or duties; to not do or be inattentive to that which is important or for which one is responsible. Johnson was supposed to make sure the paperwork went through on time before the deadline, but it looks like he was asleep at the switch. Our goalkeeper is such a nincompoop. We would have won if he hadn't been asleep at the switch!
See also: asleep, switch
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Maybe we are asleep at the switch on this,'' said Brad Crowe of Pasadena and the L.