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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

woke

slang Aware of the need for and committed to social justice. This usage of the term (particularly in reference to activism against black oppression) is thought to have originated in the mid-20th century US. Often used in the phrase "stay woke." Primarily heard in US. We can't just protest today and then ignore these issues tomorrow—we have to stay woke. You're not woke if you think the status quo is OK.

stay woke

slang To be aware of the need for and committed to social justice. This usage of the term "woke" (particularly in reference to activism against black oppression) is thought to have originated in the mid-20th century US. Primarily heard in US. We can't just protest today and then ignore these issues tomorrow—we have to stay woke.
See also: stay, woke
References in classic literature ?
I woke with the dawn, and heard the birds chirping outside of the window.
Last night I found her leaning out when I woke up, and when I tried to wake her I could not.
At nine o'clock the countess woke up, and Matrena Timofeevna, who had been her lady's maid before her marriage and now performed a sort of chief gendarme's duty for her, came to say that Madame Schoss was much offended and the young ladies' summer dresses could not be left behind.
While he hammered away at his metals the Dog slept; but when, on the other hand, he went to dinner and began to eat, the Dog woke up and wagged his tail, as if he would ask for a share of his meal.
Presently, however, he fell asleep, and when he woke it was past midnight.
Arriving finally at Miss Leonard's hotel, he woke her up and saw her in at the door; then, telling the man to drive to the lodgings of his new friend, he urged his mind to rapid thought.
He had worked on Bill's feelings so successfully as to elicit a loan of a million dollars, and was just proceeding to marry him to Elizabeth, when the cab stopped with the sudden sharpness peculiar to New York cabs, and he woke up, to find himself at his destination.
If this is not a dream, I have woke up, by mistake, in an Arabian Night, instead of a London one.