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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

age before beauty

A humorous way to tell someone to go ahead of one, meant as a playful insult. Chuck held the door open for Tim, motioned for him to go ahead, and said, "Age before beauty."
See also: age, beauty, before

age before beauty

a jocular and slightly rude way of encouraging someone to go ahead of oneself; a comical, teasing, and slightly grudging way of indicating that someone else should or can go first. "No, no. Please, you take the next available seat," smiled Tom. "Age before beauty, you know."
See also: age, beauty, before

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

rude

1. mod. undesirable; unpleasant. The prof in my history class is a rude dude, for sure.
2. mod. cool; pleasant; excellent. Man, that’s a rude bike!
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I've never experienced rudeness like that in my career.
Expect random violence (mostly afflicted upon a diminutive Spanish waiter), obsequious toadying and down right rudeness while you try to enjoy a three-course meal without choking with laughter.
To refer to overweight people as simply "fat" makes me so angry and just shows the world is overflowing with rudeness and ignorance.
Besides, whenever the question or issue of encroachments is raised, the owners of these illegal and makeshift slaughterhouses often respond with great rudeness and even threats.
Most complaints were about rudeness, assault, or failure of duty.
And with those incredibly annoying self-serve tills in Asda and Tesco, our new-found rudeness and impatience have found their just desserts.
RUDENESS at work can lead to mistakes, experts said.
London, July 07 (ANI): Rudeness at workplace leads to mistakes, according to a new study.
BULLYING at work has doubled in the past decade with a record number of people suffering rudeness, criticism and excessive workloads, new research revealed today.
A decade of research contributes to a 'how to' guide by two business professors and consultants who attack workplace rudeness and pinpoint its economic drains and solutions.
After all, you want to be extra polite to the guy who literally wrote the book on rudeness.
On average six out of 10 complaints alleged either neglect of duty, rudeness and intolerance or common assault.
On a public relations front, West Bromwich Albion's refusal to take part in a civic reception to mark the team's return to Premier League football will be regarded at the very least as bad manners, if not rudeness.
Rudeness is part of life in many big cities but Los Angeles surely ranks near the top -- from road rage to the cold indifference of government bureaucrats when dealing with the public.
If there were a prize for animal rudeness, a small South American bat would surely be in the running.