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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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Writing in the British Medical S Journal (BMJ), Rhona Flin, professor of applied psychology at the University of Aberdeen, said being the victim of rudeness can impact on how people perform tasks.
If you are rude to colleagues, they are rude to you or you witness rudeness, mistakes are far more likely to occur, studies have shown.
Rhona Flin, Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, says that if someone is rude to you at work or if you witness rudeness you are more likely to make mistakes.
The core of this premise is the observation that immaturity or rudeness is a means of avoiding the generic "niceness" of the American middle class.
He explains rudeness, how it works, and how we can defend ourselves against it politely.
I explained to him the boorish drunks masquerading as "fans" at Autzen, the rain dampening their rudeness Saturday but not stopping their offensive offense altogether.
It is unacceptable that nearly half of all complaints involve neglect or rudeness.
Fueling some of that rudeness is the perception that employees in the public sector are somewhat protected, said urban historian Joel Kotkin.
In the real world, this might be called something ugly like racism, or just plain rudeness, but in the Church it's called "cultural incompatibility.
What made their rudeness more than just adolescent immaturity, though, was that it was rooted in an understanding of the significance of social rituals, constituted a strategy to disrupt them, and was tied to an effort to build new sorts of public sociability to replace the older elite private networks.
Humphries defended himself stoutly against accusations of arrogance, rudeness and the like but he missed the point.
Wayne Woodard be publicly reprimanded for improperly trying to discourage an opponent from running against him, providing false information in his campaign literature, and repeatedly exhibiting rudeness and impatience With those appearing before him.
Talk To The Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door By Lynne Truss Gotham Books, $20.
Now I don't know about you but I think that type of rudeness and inaccuracy is totally unnecessary.
She says her business suffers seriously from the damage done by the rudeness of children and their "oh he's just a child" parents.