sit up and take notice


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sit up and take notice

to become alert and pay attention. A loud noise from the front of the room caused everyone to sit up and take notice. The company wouldn't pay any attention to my complaints. When I had my lawyer write them a letter, they sat up and took notice.
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sit up and take notice

to suddenly give something your attention His election made even people who don't care about politics sit up and take notice.
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