Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

sleep on it

sleep on it
Meaning(s)
1) wait until the following day to make a decision
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • sleep on it and get back to me
  • Analysis

    If you 'sleep on something' it means to take some time before you make a decision, usually at least overnight. If you tell someone you want to 'sleep on it' it means you don't want to make a decision or give an answer to something immediately and would like some time to think about it.

  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. You don't have to decide if you want the job straight away. Sleep on it and get back to me with your decision tomorrow.
    2. I don't want to sign the contract just yet. Let me sleep on it first.
    3. It sounds like an excellent idea, but I'd like to sleep on it before committing to anything.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. My grandmother always told me to sleep on big decisions. You often think about things differently the next day.
    2. Putting a deposit on a house is a big decision, you might want to sleep on it for a day or two.
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