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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.
See also: chicken, up, wake

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, side, up, wake, wrong

get up on the wrong side of bed

 and get out of the wrong side of bed
Fig. to seem grouchy on a particular day. Did you get out of the wrong side of bed this morning? You are a real grouch.
See also: bed, get, of, side, up, wrong

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.
See also: of, wake

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.
See also: wake

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!
See also: and, coffee, smell, up, wake

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.
See also: wake

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.
See also: wake

wake up and smell the coffee

to pay attention and do something about a situation Some parents just deny their kids are having problems, and they'd better wake up and smell the coffee.
See also: and, coffee, smell, up, wake

get up on the wrong side of (the) bed

also wake up on the wrong side of (the) bed
to begin the day feeling unhappy and uncomfortable I got up on the wrong side of bed yesterday, and everything that could go wrong did!
Related vocabulary: out of sorts
See also: bed, get, of, side, up, wrong

in the wake of something

following or as a result of something The airport lowered parking rates in the wake of many complaints from drivers who felt the rates were far too high.
See also: of, wake

wake up to something

to become aware of something important I wish Dad would wake up to the fact that the car is about to fall apart.
See also: up, wake

Wake up and smell the coffee!

something that you say in order to tell someone that they should try to understand the true facts of a situation or that they should give more attention to what is happening around them It's time you woke up and smelled the coffee, Don. We're just not getting enough business any more.
See also: and, smell, up, wake

a wake-up call

  (American & Australian)
an event that warns someone that they need to deal with an urgent or dangerous problem (often + to do sth) The 1971 earthquake was a wake-up call to strengthen the city's bridges. (often + to ) The World Trade Center bombing has served as a wake-up call to the FBI on terrorism.
See also: call

get up on the wrong side of bed

Be in a grouchy, irritable state, as in What's got into Max today? Did he get up on the wrong side of bed? This expression alludes to the ancient superstition that it was bad luck to put one's left foot down first, and was so used in a number of 17th-century plays. By the early 1800s it was associated more with ill humor than misfortune.
See also: bed, get, of, side, up, wrong

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]
See also: of, wake

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

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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In the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep in America Poll 2005, 42 percent of survey respondents reported they awoke frequently during the night, 22 percent of adults report waking too early and not being able to return to sleep and 38 percent surveyed reported waking and feeling unrefreshed.
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The burglar moved on to a neighboring house, where he shattered the kitchen window and yanked the mini-blinds off the window frame, waking up the resident, Harvey said.