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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Orientation day is a wake-up call for anyone who didn’t already know that the next 16 weeks would be among the most grueling of their lives. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Photo Essay: Learning to fight," 5 Sep. 2019 His wake-up call came with the 1994 Northridge earthquake that killed 61 people and caused $15 billion in damage. John Rogers, Time, "California's Recent Earthquakes Are Reigniting Fears of the 'Big One'," 8 July 2019 His wake-up call came with the 1994 Northridge earthquake that killed 61 people and caused $15 billion in damage. John Rogers, chicagotribune.com, "After 2 of the biggest earthquakes in decades, California residents urged to be ready for when the ‘Big One’ strikes," 7 July 2019 Reservations required to drink, build a lightsaber Visitors hoping to experience Oga’s Cantina or Savi’s Workshop will need two things — a credit card and an early wake-up call. Scott Craven, azcentral, "No reservations needed: Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens to all June 24," 29 May 2019 The game was pushed up from 3 p.m. to 9 a.m. to avoid the threat of inclement weather, and UCF’s bats had no problem with the early wake-up call. Brian Murphy, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF baseball drops AAC Tournament opener against East Carolina," 22 May 2018 This defeat to Udinese has to be a wake-up call for the Rossoneri and anything less than six points from the next two matches will be regarded as a disappointment. SI.com, "Udinese 1-0 AC Milan: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Marco Giampaolo's Reign Begins With a Defeat," 25 Aug. 2019 And yet, once again, when the calendar rolled to August, the news of the new month seemed to come as a complete surprise to local news anchors, many of whom, once again, expressed their dismay over the calendrical wake-up call. Melissa Locker, Time, "Please Enjoy All the Newscasters Totally Incapable of Believing That August Has Arrived," 2 Aug. 2019 Here’s what tickled and tormented us: Best wake-up call: The day began cloudy, gloomy and wet. Kevin Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: What we loved and what we could do without on day 3," 21 July 2019

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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


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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