wake-up call

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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 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

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

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
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The continuing violence against women in different parts of India is a wakeup call for all of us.
This should serve as a wakeup call for other Muslim countries, however instead Saudi Arab is busy holding fashion week, he added.
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The outcome of the referendum should act as a wakeup call for the sleepwalker who is heading for the abyss," Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (http://www.
We have to see this as a warning and a wakeup call not just to continue business as usual," he said, according to an advance copy of the magazine, which is publishing its Brexit feature in both German and English.
BDI considers that amendments need to be implemented in the preamble of the Ohrid Agreement, which according to PDP is a wakeup call and they were right all along.
Jenny Saunders, chief executive of National Energy Action said: "Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is a wakeup call on the need to end the cost and suffering caused by cold homes in the North East.
Wakeup current peaks can be reduced to industry's lowest values leading to savings in terms of decoupling capacitors on the supply line,
Former first minister Henry McLeish has described the Yes vote in Labour's traditional heartlands as a wakeup call for the party.
US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday called the latest report on climate change by an influential UN panel "yet another wakeup call," urging strong action to battle its impacts.
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The attack on Malala was a wakeup call for the nation," Sattar said.
These recommendations should be a wakeup call to members of Congress that they are missing opportunities to protect the health of our nation's children," Benjamin said.