Wednesday, January 23, 2013

cliché: asleep at the wheel

Meaning: Inattentive or literally asleep while on duty (definition).

Example: He nearly missed his exit because he was “asleep at the wheel.”

Origins: 19th century American railroading. (Origins.)

  • Dozing at the wheel
  • Asleep at the keyboard
  • Napping while knitting
  • At rest in the guard tower
  • Tuning the horn with some Z’s
  • Monitoring the meter with half-open eyes
  • Driving with another pair of eyes

Discussion: In this rewrite, I tried to come up with parallel idioms for the original, then I tried to recast it a little to approach the idea with similar metaphors.

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