asleep at the switch(Adjective)
Neglectful of an important task, responsibility, or opportunity.
Origin: Probably an allusion to the important responsibilities of a railway switchman.
The numerical value of asleep at the switch in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of asleep at the switch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
No veteran in crisis should ever have to wait for service or be transferred without a positive handoff, told to call another organization, or -- worst of all -- have their call terminated without receiving any assistance, the larger issue is that this situation shows that the VA employees in charge of running the crisis line were asleep at the switch -- utterly unfamiliar with the day-to-day operations of the program.
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