wake up and smell the coffee/roses

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.

Word by Word Definitions

wake play
  1. : to be or remain awake

  2. : to remain awake on watch especially over a corpse

  3. : to stay up late in revelry

  1. : the state of being awake

  2. : an annual English parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the church's patron saint

  3. : vigil

  1. : the track left by a moving body (such as a ship) in a fluid (such as water)

  2. : aftermath

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

smell play
  1. : to perceive the odor or scent of through stimuli affecting the olfactory nerves : get the odor or scent of with the nose

  2. : to detect or become aware of as if by the sense of smell

  3. : to emit the odor of

  1. : the property of a thing that affects the olfactory organs : odor

  2. : the process, function, or power of smelling

  3. : the sense concerned with the perception of odor

coffee play
  1. : a beverage made by percolation, infusion, or decoction from the roasted and ground seeds of a coffee plant

  2. : any of several Old World tropical plants (genus Coffea and especially C. arabica and C. canephora) of the madder family that are widely cultivated in warm regions for their seeds from which coffee is prepared

  3. : coffee seeds especially roasted and often ground — compare arabica, robusta

rose play roses
  1. : past tense of rise

  1. : any of a genus (Rosa of the family Rosaceae, the rose family) of usually prickly shrubs with pinnate leaves and showy flowers having five petals in the wild state but being often double or partly double under cultivation

  2. : the flower of a rose

  3. : something resembling a rose in form: such as

  1. : containing or used for roses

  2. : of or relating to a rose

  3. : flavored, scented, or colored with or like roses

  1. : a light pink table wine made from red grapes by removing the skins after fermentation has begun


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