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doze off

To fall asleep, typically unexpectedly or for just a short period of time. Whew, I must have dozed off there for a few minutes. What did I miss?
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doze off

Fall into a light sleep, as in Watching the ballet always made her doze off. [Mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

doze off

v.
To fall into a light sleep: I dozed off in front of the TV for a few minutes.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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