rude awakening


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rude awakening

The shocking instance of learning the unpleasant or unwelcome truth about a situation. We had a rude awakening when the waiter brought us the bill and we saw how much we had spent on dinner and drinks.
See also: awaken, rude

a rude awakening

COMMON If you have had a rude awakening, you have been forced to realize the unpleasant truth about something. Such details as have emerged about the new economic package suggest that these citizens are indeed in for a rude awakening. Johnson was confident he could make a quick profit. But, instead of quick profits, he got a rude awakening.
See also: awaken, rude

a rude awakening

a sudden realization of the true (bad) state of affairs, having previously been under the illusion that everything was satisfactory.
2004 The New Farm It must have been a rude awakening for the world powers when upstart Third-World countries began to flex their collective muscle.
See also: awaken, rude

a rude aˈwakening

(written) a sudden, unexpected discovery of an unpleasant fact, truth, etc: If he thinks that the exam’s going to be easy, he’s going to get a rude awakening.
See also: awaken, rude
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Rude Awakening broadcasts from 6 to 10am, Sunday to Thursday.
The ironic part is that the rude awakening was not necessary, will not be necessary, because nothing new is being introduced that the rest of the worlds had not heard of before, or actually already doing.
In the second half of the season I had a rude awakening with different problems and different things to consider.
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at the age of twelve is brought to an early and rude awakening into the world of hard labor.
Those who think that way are going to have a rude awakening.
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.
Anyone who thought the BGRB had thankfully settled down under Lord Lipsey had a rude awakening this week when the arguing and threats going on at a Board meeting left all those listening outside stunned.
Fully expecting to see the likes of Tamzin Outhwaite and Gwyneth Paltrow chilling out in their fluffy robes when I opened my eyes, I had a rude awakening when our photographer suggested 'you look like a corpse'.