rude awakening

noun

Definition of rude awakening

: surprising and unpleasant discovery that one is mistaken He thinks he can get by without doing any work, but he is in for a rude awakening.

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“Rude awakening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rude%20awakening. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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