wake-up call


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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Examples of wake-up call in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This should have been a wake-up call for big banks, much as Netscape's 1995 IPO was a Sputnik moment for the tech industry. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Has Wall Street missed the boat on cryptocurrencies?," 2 May 2021 In many ways, 2020 was a wake-up call for organizations that did not have a plan in place to handle volatility in customer service demands across regions and languages. Joao Graca, Forbes, "The Evolution Of Localization: Why LangOps Is The Next Frontier," 19 Apr. 2021 With this wake-up call, there have been many pros in a sea of cons. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Theater Notebook: Broadway veteran Breckenridge taking a song-filled pandemic break in Fallbrook," 16 Mar. 2021 Nature is posing some real challenges in the world, from the ongoing climate crisis to the wake-up call of COVID-19. Jeannette Garcia, Scientific American, "How Quantum Computing Could Remake Chemistry," 15 Mar. 2021 The Lions haven’t won a match since Oct. 3, and Pareja said his players are eager to respond quickly after that wake-up call. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City chases win over Atlanta United, bump in standings," 27 Oct. 2020 Set an alarm for an early wake-up call, because today is your longest drive. Daliah Singer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Colorado Road Trip: 4 Days of Hiking and Hot Springs," 25 Sep. 2020 Part of that wake-up call comes in the form of Evan Peters' Colin Zabel, a detective who's brought in to help Mare on the case. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "Kate Winslet reveals how her Mare of Easttown role marks a career first," 16 Apr. 2021 The paper, which was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is a wake-up call for anyone who thinks that staying inside and shutting the curtains is the key to a stress-free life. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Nature is a natural antidepressant, study finds," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of wake-up call

1974, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wake-up call was in 1974

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“Wake-up call.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wake-up%20call. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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wake-up call


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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