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rude awakening

The shocking instance of learning the unpleasant or unwelcome truth about a situation. We had a rude awakening when the waiter brought us the bill and we saw how much we had spent on dinner and drinks.
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a rude awakening

COMMON If you have had a rude awakening, you have been forced to realize the unpleasant truth about something. Such details as have emerged about the new economic package suggest that these citizens are indeed in for a rude awakening. Johnson was confident he could make a quick profit. But, instead of quick profits, he got a rude awakening.
See also: awaken, rude

a rude awakening

a sudden realization of the true (bad) state of affairs, having previously been under the illusion that everything was satisfactory.
2004 The New Farm It must have been a rude awakening for the world powers when upstart Third-World countries began to flex their collective muscle.
See also: awaken, rude

a rude aˈwakening

(written) a sudden, unexpected discovery of an unpleasant fact, truth, etc: If he thinks that the exam’s going to be easy, he’s going to get a rude awakening.
See also: awaken, rude
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Though awakenings and other forms of sleep disturbance are common in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) yet they are not a universal concomitant of PTSD with different investigators having different opinions.
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Wolfe sees the first two Great Awakenings as nothing but destructive of tradition.
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In the mid-1990s, Joseph Conforti argued that it was invented by the promoters of the Second Great Awakening who were seeking validation for what they were doing.
But through the centuries, at least since the colonies-wide Great Awakening of the 1740s, the main way in which most people "got religion" was through personal experience, often of emotional, sometimes of extreme expressions.
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05) greater reduction from baseline in nighttime awakenings due to hot flashes and a significant improvement in mood as measured by the Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale.
Acthar([R]) Gel (repository corticotropin injection), an injectable drug indicated for the treatment of exacerbations associated with multiple sclerosis and Doral([R]) (quazepam), that is indicated for the treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulty in falling asleep, frequent nocturnal awakenings, and/or early morning awakenings.
Acthar(R) Gel (repository corticotropin injection), an injectable drug indicated for the treatment of exacerbations associated with Multiple Sclerosis and Doral(R) (quazepam) that is indicated for the treatment of insomnia, characterized by difficulty in falling asleep, frequent nocturnal awakenings, and/or early morning awakenings.