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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 fell asleep the moment I tried to read; and if I did manage to keep my eyes open for several pages, I could not remember the contents of those pages.
However, she was not dead, but had only fallen into a deep sleep; and the king and the queen, who had just come home, and all their court, fell asleep too; and the horses slept in the stables, and the dogs in the court, the pigeons on the house-top, and the very flies slept upon the walls.
There he fell asleep, and while he slept, his wooden feet began to burn.
This Zarathustra did; and no sooner had he laid himself on the ground in the stillness and secrecy of the variegated grass, than he had forgotten his little thirst, and fell asleep. For as the proverb of Zarathustra saith: "One thing is more necessary than the other." Only that his eyes remained open:--for they never grew weary of viewing and admiring the tree and the love of the vine.
I returned to my chair to think, and at last he fell asleep with his face to the wall, but even then I stood many times at the door, listening.
Then all these recollections began to grow confused and got mixed in his head, and he fell asleep.
Presently he fell asleep again, and slept for a long time.
A PIOUS Person who had overcharged his paunch with dead bird by way of attesting his gratitude for escaping the many calamities which Heaven had sent upon others, fell asleep at table and dreamed.
He went to bed and fell asleep, but had not slept long when he started up and thought that Hugh was at the outer door, calling in a strange voice, very different from his own, to be admitted.
She ate a great deal and afterward fell asleep herself, and Mary sat and stared at her and watched her fine bonnet slip on one side until she herself fell asleep once more in the corner of the carriage, lulled by the splashing of the rain against the windows.
He was so drunk that he could not walk upstairs; but he told them to set him on his legs when he saw Stepan Arkadyevitch, and clinging to him, walked with him into his room and there began telling him how he had spent the evening, and fell asleep doing so.
Summary: Dryden fell asleep in the car and did not realise that she was heading to a wrong destination.
Officer: Driver who killed state trooper fell asleep multiple times before the crash
Governor of Jalal-Abad region Kyianbek Satybaldiyev commented on the reports that he allegedly fell asleep during the meeting with participation of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov in Osh.
The unnamed pilot reportedly fell asleep in the cockpit, resulting in the small charter plane passing over its landing zone before safely rerouting and getting its passengers where they needed to be, (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6428679/Plane-flies-nearly-50km-past-destination-pilot-falls-asleep-cockpit.html) according to the Daily Mail.