Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

drift off

drift off
Meaning(s)
1) fall asleep gradually
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • drift off to sleep
  • Analysis
    This phrasal verb means to gradually go to sleep. "When I travel by train I always drift off for a while.", "When I listen to meditation tracks I find it easier to drift off to sleep at night." Similar in meaning to 'nod off' and 'rest your eyes'.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The baby drifted off soon after being fed.
    2. The driver pulled in for a coffee when he felt himself drifting off.
    3. The music was so relaxing that I just drifted off.
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