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    If I wanted to replace "to slump" with a phrasal verb, which would you suggest me among these in this sentence "to flake off", "to flake out", "to drop in", "to stretch out"?

    - I was so tired that I slumped on the sofa and went to sleep.

    Could "flake off" work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    If I wanted to replace "to slump" with a phrasal verb, which would you suggest me among these in this sentence "to flake off", "to flake out", "to drop in", "to stretch out"?

    - I was so tired that I slumped on the sofa and went to sleep.

    Could "flake off" work?
    No, but "flaked out" would be OK.

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    I'm not disagreeing with bhaisahab, it may just be a regional difference, but in my experience "flake out" has always meant "fall asleep".
    On that basis I would tend to say:
    I was so tired that I flaked out on the sofa.
    or
    I was so tired that I stretched out on the sofa and went to sleep.

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    Default Re: to slump

    "To flake out" means "to fall asleep [because you're very tired]" to me too.

    I might say "I flopped on the sofa", "I fell facefirst onto the sofa".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: to slump

    "The Australian cricket team slumped against the English bowling." None of your phrasal verbs work for this slump.
    Slump | Define Slump at Dictionary.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    not a teacher

    I'm not disagreeing with bhaisahab, it may just be a regional difference, but in my experience "flake out" has always meant "fall asleep".
    On that basis I would tend to say:
    I was so tired that I flaked out on the sofa.
    or
    I was so tired that I stretched out on the sofa and went to sleep.
    You could be right about regional differences. In my experience, to 'flake out", means to not follow through on a commitment. For example, "He flaked out on us and didn't even show up yesterday" . A "flake" is a person who can not be trusted.

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    not a teacher

    You could be right about regional differences. In my experience, to 'flake out", means to not follow through on a commitment. For example, "He flaked out on us and didn't even show up yesterday". A "flake" is a person who can not be trusted.

    Here, an unreliable person is similarly described as "flakey" or a "flake", but "he flaked out on us" would be understood as "he didn't (do whatever) with us because he went to sleep".
    a) Did John go to the party with you last night?
    b) No, he was really tired and flaked out on us after dinner.

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