rude awakening

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.

Word by Word Definitions

rude play
  1. : being in a rough or unfinished state : crude

  2. : natural, raw

  3. : primitive, undeveloped

awaken play awakening
  1. : awake


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