wake up and smell the coffee/roses

idiom

Definition of wake up and smell the coffee/roses

US, informal
: to realize the truth about one's situation : to become aware of what is really happening These problems are not going to fix themselves. Voters need to wake up and smell the coffee and elect someone who will get things done.

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“Wake up and smell the coffee/roses.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wake%20up%20and%20smell%20the%20coffee%2Froses. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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