nod off

nod off

  1. (idiomatic) To fall asleep, especially while in a seated position or in inappropriate circumstances.
    • 1857, William Makepeace Thackeray, The Virginians, ch. 53,
      The old lady nodded off to sleep many times during the narration, only waking up when George paused, saying it was most interesting.
    • 1914, Robert Frost, "The Death of the Hired Man," lines 41-44,
      I dragged him to the house,
      And gave him tea and tried to make him smoke.
      I tried to make him talk about his travels.
      Nothing would do: he just kept nodding off.
    • 2008, Ingfei Chen, "A Leap Forward, but Hurdles Remain in Narcolepsy ↗," New York Times, 15 Feb. (retrieved 16 July 2008),
      All patients struggle against daytime drowsiness and nod off at inopportune moments.
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