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English Idioms

“Doze Off”

Doze Off (nod off, sleep like a rock, out like a light)


  • fall asleep (doze off and nod off)
  • sleep soundly (sleep like a rock)
  • fall asleep quickly (out like a light)

Sample Sentences

  1. I sometimes doze off on the bus when I am tired.
  2. Some of the students kept nodding off during the grammar class.
  3. My brother slept like a rock last night after he had worked 14 hours yesterday.
  4. Maria was out like a light after a long day.

Conversation Questions

  1. Do you ever doze off at work or in class? If so, why?
  2. Have you dozed off during school or a family event? Describe the situation.
  3. Do you ever find it difficult to doze off at night? If so, what do you do to go to sleep?

Speaking Situation

Your best friend is worried about failing her math class because she always dozes off during class. You see, she works about 30 hours a week so she can help pay for her younger sister’s school tuition. She only has three more weeks in the semester to improve her grade. What can she do to solve her situation?

Possible Answer:

“Hey. I heard from some other students that you have been nodding off in class. In fact, Brandon said that you slept like a rock during the last test. You need to talk to the teacher to explain your situation and see if you can have more time to complete your assignments.”

Language Activity

Sometimes, learners know the meaning of an idiom, but they don’t know how to use it correctly in conversation or writing. Thus, this activity checks your grammatical accuracy with the idiom so you become more confident in using it. 

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