Phrasal Verbs Connected With Sleep

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Here you will learn phrasal verbs connected with sleep. What is the difference between DOZE OFF and DROP OFF? What is the difference between NOD OFF and DROP OFF

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phrasal verbs connected with sleep

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So what are we going to do today? Well, I thought we’d look at some more phrasal verbs. And we’re going to look at phrasal verbs connected with sleep. We’re getting towards the end of the week, and people are a little bit tired after a hard day’s work or a hard week’s work.

So we’ll talk about phrasal verbs connected with sleep. Later on, I’ll give you my contact details if you wish to contact me. Or, indeed, if there’s somebody that you know that you think would enjoy these podcasts. Why don’t you give them the contact details and they can listen in or watch in too?

As always, I’m going to give you the individual phrasal verbs one by one and then I’ll go back to them, and I’ll explain the meaning and give you some examples.

So the first one

to doze off

Meaning: to go into a light sleep for a short period of time


Uncle Jamie used to doze off in an armchair after dinner.

It’s typical of that old uncle or aunt that you have after the Christmas dinner. They enjoyed the turkey and the vegetables, and now they sit down and within a couple of minutes they doze off. They fall asleep very quickly, but it’s usually not a heavy sleep.

phrasal verbs connected with sleep

Phrasal verbs connected with sleep. Difference between drop off and doze off. Advanced English lessons on Zoom and Skype at #learnenglish #ingles

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to drop off

Meaning: to fall asleep easily; often without intending to do so


Paul closed his eyes and dropped off to sleep.

We are sitting there, and our head just falls down and we drop off in seconds or minutes. Often happens when you’re sitting on a bus or a train. Hopefully, you don’t fall asleep as I did many times on the shoulder of the person sitting beside you.

to conk out

Meaning: to fall into a very deep sleep; especially due to exhaustion

It’s quite an informal, almost slang word.


I was really tired and conked out in front of the TV.

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to crash out

Meaning: to go to sleep with your intention to do so

The other examples that we’ve used are sort of unforced ways of sleeping.

  • to drop off
  • to doze off
  • to conk out

But when we crash out, it’s usually our intention.


I just went home, and I crashed out.

To crash out might not necessarily mean that you fall asleep, but you’re going to totally relax. You could spread out on the sofa, throw a blanket over yourself and crash out.

I’ve had a really busy month, so all I’m going to do for the weekend is to get something to eat and then I’m just going to crash out in front of the tv.

The next phrasal verb is

to nod off

Meaning: it’s a little bit like drop off; to fall asleep briefly or unintentionally

When you nod, your head goes up and down, not left to right.


Be quiet! Harry has just nodded off.

Shh, be quiet! The baby is just going to sleep; he has just nodded off.

phrasal vers connected with sleep

Phrasal verbs connected with sleep. Difference between drop off and doze off. Advanced English lessons on Zoom and Skype at #learnenglish #ingles

to flake out

Meaning: to collapse, go to sleep because you are exhausted


I binged on the pizza and completely flaked out.

I was going to play tennis with my friend, but I phoned him to say I just didn’t have the energy to do it. So I just went home, and I flaked out.

to sleep in/out

It is unusual because we are using in and out, which appear to be opposites.

When we sleep in or sleep out, they actually mean the same.

Meaning: to not get up on time


I didn’t hear the alarm; I slept it out.

Where there is an element of difference between them is that ‘to sleep in’ usually is intentional.

sleep in

Meaning: to stay in bed longer than usual


On a Saturday, I tend to sleep in a little bit longer.

sleep out

Meaning: to miss the alarm, to wake up later than usual, it is usually accidental


Oh my God, I’ve missed the alarm. I have to ring my manager and tell her that I’ve slept it out.

And then the last one, which has nothing really to do with sleep at all, but

to stay up

Meaning:  to not to go to sleep at your normal time


I stayed up late last night watching the movie.

So there are your phrasal verbs connected with sleep. Let me give them to you one more time:

  • doze off
  • drop off
  • conk out
  • crash out
  • nod off
  • flake out
  • sleep in
  • sleep out
  • stay up

So they are all phrasal verbs connected with sleep.

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