In this lesson, you will learn 8 idioms and expressions regarding sleep.
sleep like a log
= to sleep very well, without waking up during the night.
A “log” is a long length of wood from a tree. So the literal meaning is to sleep like a piece of wood!
Nab is sleeping like a log.
The next morning, Nab says:
Nab: “Last night I slept like a log.”
The verb “sleep” is an irregular verb in English. The past simple form is “slept” and the past participle is also “slept”
“fast asleep” is an adjective. It is a state.
It means to be sleeping very well.
He is fast asleep.
to not sleep a wink
= to NOT sleep at all.
Nab: “Last night I didn’t sleep a wink.”
hit the sack
This is an informal expression. It means to go to bed to sleep.
Nab: “I’m tired. I’m going to hit the sack. Good night!”
drop off to sleep
= the moment you start to sleep.
Nab dropped off to sleep after lunch.
= to start to sleep.
Nab is falling asleep on the floor.
Sleep in // lie-in
It means to sleep until a later time than usual. (by choice)
“lie-in” is mainly a British English word and expression. It isn’t often used in American English.
In American English, we say “to sleep in”
in British English they say: lie-in
It’s the weekend. Nab is sleeping in.
It’s Saturday. Nab is having a lie-in.
This is a verb.
It means to sleep until a later time than usual. (NOT by choice)
Nab wakes up late. When he arrives at work, he says to his boss:
Nab: “Sorry I’m late. I overslept.”