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fall asleep

1. To yield to tiredness and begin to sleep. Please don't make too much noise—the baby has finally fallen asleep.
2. euphemism To die. We told the kids the bad news that Pop-Pop fell asleep last night.
See also: asleep, fall
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fall asleep

Fig. to go to sleep. I fell asleep while reading the very dull book. I got in bed and fell asleep at once.
See also: asleep, fall
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fall asleep

Go to sleep; also, cease paying attention. For example, As soon as the lights were dimmed he fell asleep, or His lectures are so dull that I fall asleep. The literal usage, which uses the verb fall in the sense of "succumb," dates from about 1300; the figurative is several centuries newer. Also see asleep at the switch.
See also: asleep, fall
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.

fall asleep

die. euphemistic
See also: asleep, fall
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I think he had nigh fallen asleep again when he stirred and said, "Is it going on now?"
A WEARY Traveller who had lain down and fallen asleep on the brink of a deep well was discovered by Dame Fortune.
He lay on his back limply, as though all the strength had gone out of his limbs, and presently I saw that he had fallen asleep. It was the first natural sleep he had had for a week.
Franklin and I had both talked of foreign politics, till we could talk no longer, and had then mutually fallen asleep in the heat of the sun.
When Etienne had fallen asleep Edna bore him into the back room, and Robert went and lifted the mosquito bar that she might lay the child comfortably in his bed.
On April 23, social media users in Kyrgyzstan shared the photos of government officials fallen asleep at the meeting on digitization with participation of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov.
However, if something in their environment has changed since they have fallen asleep, individuals of any age will fully awaken at these arousals and be able to recall them in the morning.
They are investigating the theft of a mobile phone, cash and a bus pass from the 24-yearold man who had fallen asleep at Leeds station.
A young Emirati whocrashed into a truck which led to the death of his father had fallen asleep at the wheel, a topprosecutor has told.
And photographer Tim Walker is quoted as saying: "Every shoot I've done with her she has fallen asleep. She slept seven hours on one Mulberry shoot."
Vicki Evans On Villa's new signing falling asleep I've had four MRIs and although they have only been between 45 mins and 1 hour 10 mins, I've fallen asleep in all the scans.
The victim, in his 40s, had fallen asleep and awoke in pain to find his shirt engulfed in flames.
Brenda Ridley, 62, retired, Heaton: I'm usually always the last one up, so I've never fallen asleep anywhere strange.