wake up and smell the coffee/roses

idiom

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.

Examples of wake up and smell the coffee/roses in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, wake up and smell the coffee, and clean that coffee maker today! Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2022 Get it right before Mars issues a strident call to wake up and smell the coffee. SFChronicle.com, 11 Aug. 2020

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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 12 Apr. 2024.

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