wake-up call

noun

Definition of wake-up call

1 : something (such as a telephone call from a hotel employee to a guest) that serves to wake a sleeper
2 : something that serves to alert a person to a problem, danger, or need a wake-up call to parents

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Gutierrez said Democratic gains in the Texas House and Senate in November's midterms may serve as a wake-up call for GOP incumbents. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Supreme Court declines to police political maps drawn for partisan gain, teeing up another Texas brawl," 27 June 2019 DeMaio discussed his eye-opening performance against the Colonials, the team’s early struggles in its first NCAA tournament game and the wake-up call provided by Robert Morris. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Five questions with Maryland men’s lacrosse player Anthony DeMaio," 16 May 2018 With the Hurricanes working their way through their offseason conditioning program, Smith has had to adapt to earlier wake-up calls than he was used to as a high school student. Christy Cabrera Chirinos, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricanes freshman safety Keontra Smith aims to make early impact after starring at Chaminade-Madonna," 13 June 2019 Our dad stroll was a demonstration of strength and a wake-up call to all who still subscribe to the missing Black father hype. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "How This Black Man Is Changing The Narrative Of Fatherhood One Positive Image At A Time," 13 June 2019 My goal, as a friend of the West, was simply to issue a wake-up call. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Letters," 10 May 2019 If a single mom is working until the wee hours and failing to get her kids ready for school, the school might make wake-up calls. Ann Doss Helms And Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Teen has missed 77 days of school. Will threatening his parents with jail help CMS? | Charlotte Observer," 13 Apr. 2018 That Republicans performed this poorly amid this strong an economy and this much geographic advantage should be a wake-up call to the party. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Republicans are paying the Trump tax," 7 Nov. 2018 Ben's accident was a wake-up call to the community that lifeguarding is really a dangerous profession. Ben Brazil, latimes.com, "Ben Carlson documentary seeks to highlight a local hero and lifeguards' perilous profession," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of wake-up call

1974, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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wake-up call

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wake-up call

: a telephone call that a hotel makes to your room to wake you up
: something that makes you fully understand a problem, danger, or need

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