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wake up with the chickens

To wake up at a particularly early hour, especially at or before sunrise (i.e., the time when chickens wake). No, thank you, I won't have another drink. I have to wake up with the chickens tomorrow. Ma wakes up with the chickens every day to prepare breakfast for the farmhands.
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stop and smell the roses

To become calm and reflect upon the finer or more enjoyable aspects of life, especially when one has become overworked or overly stressed. You can't keep working these 80 hour workweeks, John! You have to stop and smell the roses, or else what is all that work even for?
See also: and, rose, smell, stop

wake up on the wrong side of (the) bed

To be in a particularly and persistently irritable, unhappy, or grouchy mood or state, especially when it is not in line with one's normal disposition. I'm sorry I snapped at you earlier, I think I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. Jeez, the boss has been in a really bad mood all day. I guess he must have woken up on the wrong side of bed!
See also: bed, of, on, side, up, wake, wrong

wake-up call

1. A phone call that one schedules to be placed to one's hotel room in order to be woken up at a certain time. I set an alarm and scheduled a wake-up call so there's no way I oversleep for the first conference session tomorrow.
2. An event that triggers a sense of urgency or the motivation to make a change. Harold's sudden chest pain was the wake-up call he needed to finally see his doctor. That terrible car accident was just the wake-up call I needed to quit my boring office job and start acting again.
See also: call

wake up to

To become alert to or aware of something, especially something that needs to be recognized as a problem. You need to wake up to what's happening instead of ignoring the situation. If this country doesn't wake up to the hatred that's among us, we're going to have a bleak future.
See also: up, wake

wake up and smell the coffee

Pay attention to what is happening. Come on, Stan, wake up and smell the coffee! They're cheating you out of millions!
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in the wake of (something)

In the aftermath of something, often as a consequence. In the wake of the scandal, several committee members resigned.
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in the wake of something

Fig. after something; as a result of some event. (Alludes to a ship's wake.) We had no place to live in the wake of the fire. In the wake of the storm, there were many broken tree limbs.
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wake (someone or an animal) up

to cause someone or an animal to awaken. Please don't wake me up until noon. Wake up your brother at noon.
See also: up, wake

wake someone (up) from something

to awaken someone from something, such as a sound sleep, a nap, dreams, etc. Henry woke Fred up from his dreams. He woke up Fred from a deep sleep.
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wake someone up (to something)

to cause someone to become alert and pay attention. (Does not refer to someone actually asleep.) We tried to wake them up to the dangers. Try to wake up the students to their responsibilities.
See also: up, wake

wake the dead

Fig. to be so loud as to wake those who are "sleeping" the most soundly: the dead. You are making enough noise to wake the dead. Stop hollering! You'll wake the dead!
See also: dead, wake

wake up

to awaken; to become alert. Wake up! We have to get on the road. It's time to wake up!
See also: up, wake

wake up and smell the coffee

Prov. Try to pay attention to what's going on. Things have changed around here, Wallace J. Hodder! Wake up and smell the coffee!
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wake (up) from something

to awaken from something, such as a sound sleep, sleep, dreams, etc. She woke up from a deep sleep. Elaine woke from her dreams with a start.
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wake (up) to something

 and waken to something
to awaken and face something, such as a problem, sunlight, music, noise, etc. I love to wake up to soft music. We woke to the smell of freshly brewed coffee.
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in the wake of

1. Following directly on, as in In the wake of the procession, a number of small children came skipping down the aisle. This usage alludes to the waves made behind a passing vessel. [c. 1800]
2. In the aftermath of, as a consequence of, as in Famine often comes in the wake of war. [Mid-1800s]
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to wake the dead, loud enough

Very loud, as in That band is loud enough to wake the dead. This hyperbolic expression dates from the mid-1800s.
See also: enough, loud, wake

wake-up call

A portentous event, report, or situation that brings an issue to immediate attention. For example, The rise in unemployment has given a wake-up call to state governments, or The success of the online subscription is a wake-up call to publishers. This metaphoric term originated in the second half of the 1900s for a telephone call arranged in advance to awaken a sleeper, especially in a hotel. Its figurative use dates from about 1990.
See also: call

wake up and smell the coffee

If you say that someone should wake up and smell the coffee, you mean they must start to be more realistic and aware of what is happening around them. You'll have to wake up and smell the coffee. The world is a very hard, cruel place. It would really serve you well to wake up and smell the damned coffee and quit acting like a teenager.
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in the wake of something

COMMON If an event, especially an unpleasant one, follows in the wake of a previous event, it happens after the earlier event, often as a result of it. The trouble at Shotts prison follows in the wake of unrest at several prisons in England. He remained in office until 1985 when he resigned in the wake of a row with the Socialist government.
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leave something in its/his/her wake

COMMON If an event or a person leaves an unpleasant situation in their wake, they cause it to exist after the event or person has happened or gone. Note: The wake of a ship is the line of white foaming water behind it. A deadly cloud of gas swept along the valleys, leaving a trail of death and devastation in its wake. The rioting died away over the next few days, leaving in its wake three dead and many more injured. Mr Stevens has disappeared, leaving in his wake debts of over £2 million.
See also: leave, something, wake

a wake-up call

COMMON A wake-up call is something which shocks people, making them understand how serious a problem is and causing them to take action in order to solve that problem. These extreme weather patterns should act as a wake-up call to our complacent leaders. Climate change is happening and we need to act now. The report is intended as a wake-up call for governments around the world to take action to improve healthcare resources for young people. Note: If you have a wake-up call, you arrange for someone to telephone you at a certain time in the morning so that you are sure to wake up at that time.
See also: call

wake up and smell the coffee

become aware of the realities of a situation, however unpleasant. informal, chiefly North American
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be a wake-up (or awake up)

be fully alert or aware. Australian & New Zealand informal

in the wake of somebody/something

coming after and resulting from somebody/something; behind somebody/something: Disease began spreading in the wake of the floods.The tourists left all sorts of rubbish in their wake. OPPOSITE: in advance (of something)
As a ship moves through the water, it leaves a wake (= disturbed water) behind it.
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wake the ˈdead

(of a noise) be very loud: He must have heard it — that doorbell’s loud enough to wake the dead.
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wake up and smell the ˈcoffee

(American English, informal) used to tell somebody that they are wrong about a particular situation or have not been aware of something and it is time that they realized and accepted the truth: It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee: you’re not going to pass this course unless you start working harder.
See also: and, coffee, smell, up, wake

a ˈwake-up call

an event that makes people realize that they must take action in a dangerous situation: The recent storms and floods have been a wake-up call for many people about the reality of climate change.
See also: call

wake up

v.
1. To rouse someone or something from sleep; awaken someone or something: Be quiet, or you will wake up the baby. The alarm woke me up.
2. To become awake; waken: I plan to wake up early tomorrow.
3. To make someone alert or cognizant: The coffee woke me up. The shocking revelations finally woke up the citizens.
4. wake up to To become alert or cognizant of something: We suddenly woke up to the fact that the family business was failing.
See also: up, wake

in the wake of

1. Following directly on.
2. In the aftermath of; as a consequence of.
See also: of, wake
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