a rude awakening

a rude awakening

if you have a rude awakening, you have a severe shock when you discover the truth of a situation We had a rude awakening when we saw the amount of our phone bill. You've been so spoiled by your parents, you are in for a rude awakening when you start to look after yourself.
See also: awaken, rude
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Caldo reckons the United squad are in for a rude awakening when the Dutchman arrives, saying: "He's a hard taskmaster - it's either his way of the highway.
In the second half of the season I had a rude awakening with different problems and different things to consider.
England were expected to give the boys in green a rude awakening but Ray Houghton's early header sealed a famous 1-0 win in their group opener.
But he warned anyone who thinks they can get away without putting a shift in at the Norfolk club will be set for a rude awakening.
I'm afraid she is in for a rude awakening come the general election.
Summary: Men are in for a rude awakening as a women-only audio blogging station has become one of Egypt;'s growing censorship-free forums for women intent on tackling taboo issues of gender inequality and
I'm the first fighter he's ever fought that isn't gift-wrapped and he is in for a rude awakening.
FIVE million breakfast TV viewers got a rude awakening when an actor made a one-fingered gesture during a double glazing advert.
Those who think that way are going to have a rude awakening.
JIMMY WHITE was given a rude awakening by Finland's Robin Hull as his disastrous season went from bad to worse in Prestatyn yesterday.
NINE parents in North Tyneside received a rude awakening when police and council officers paid an early morning visit to warn them about their youngsters' behaviour.
And it meant a rude awakening for many motorists when they discovered the flat tyres.
Rohde didn't want to take the kittens to a shelter because he was worried about their health there, so he stopped by a few veterinarian offices and got a rude awakening.
Carter handily defines fundamentalism, American and otherwise, by its rigidity, drive for domination, and exclusiveness--and few could speak with more authority on this than the world's most famous Baptist, who got a rude awakening when the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist convention, closing out a ceremonial visit to the Oval office, told him, "We are praying, Mr.
It is a rude awakening which just shows how desperate the state of our NHS has become.