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a·sleep / əˈslēp/ • adj. & adv. in or into a state of sleep: [as adj.] she had been asleep for over three hours | [as adv.] Bob regularly fell asleep in his recliner. ∎  not attentive or alert; inactive: [as adj.] the competition was not asleep. ∎  (of a limb) having no feeling; numb: [as adj.] his legs were asleep. ∎ poetic/lit. used euphemistically to say that someone is dead. PHRASES: asleep at the switch (or wheel) inf. not attentive or alert; inactive.

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asleepasleep, beep, bleep, cheap, cheep, creep, deep, heap, Jeep, keep, leap, neap, neep, peep, reap, seep, sheep, skin-deep, sleep, steep, Streep, sweep, veep, weep •slagheap • scrapheap • antheap •housekeep • upkeep • chimney sweep

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asleep OE. on slǣpe, ME. o slepe, aslepe; see A1, SLEEP.

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