drift off

Meaning(s)

1. fall asleep gradually

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drift off to sleep

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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'.

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  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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