Using the verb oversleep

Can we use the verb ‘oversleep’ with a direct object?
For example can we say “a person has overslept something” (such as work, school or plane)?

If no, what should we say instead of ‘I have overslept my plane’?

Answer

The verb oversleep is normally intransitive (it doesn’t take an object), but the full OED does have this for their second definition…

oversleep To sleep beyond (a particular time); to miss (a train, etc.) by sleeping too long; to sleep through (something). Also figurative.

So in principle you can say I overslept my plane. But I think that’s a rather unusual usage – if you’re going to oversleep anything, it’s almost always the alarm. For OP’s context I might say I overslept [the alarm] and missed my plane.

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