wake–up call

noun

Definition of wake–up call

  1. 1 :  something (as a telephone call from a hotel employee to a guest) that serves to wake a sleeper

  2. 2 :  something that serves to alert a person to a problem, danger, or need <a wake-up call to parents>

1976

First Known Use of wake–up call

1976


WAKE–UP CALL Defined for English Language Learners

wake–up call

noun

Definition of wake–up call for English Language Learners

  • : 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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