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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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Debunking the myths associated with Kundalini awakening, she explains how the first phase of Kundalini rising involves a surging up of fire--the fire of purification.
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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.12 One text on sleep disorders barely mentions PTSD as a cause of sleep disturbance.3
"When mothers tune in to these night time awakenings and/or if a baby is in the habit of falling asleep during breastfeeding, then he or she may not be learning to how to self-soothe, something that is critical for regular sleep," she said.
During the meeting, Jalili said the recent wave of Islamic Awakening in the Middle East and North Africa has shifted the balance of power in favor of the Muslim world.
Awakenings is at Venue Cymru, Llandudno tonight and tomorrow.
Adyashanti speaks of "partial awakening," which he believes to be more common than a full bursting into awareness; he knows this state and its difficulties well, having experienced it himself.
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As a recording, it is solid; as a document of the emotional complexities of women's lives, Awakening is astounding.
The eminent historian William McLoughlin, a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of religious life, writes that great religious "awakenings have been the shaping power of American culture since its inception," and that the difference between the historic "great awakenings" and ordinary revivals is that "awakenings alter the world view of a whole people or culture." (20) If he is right, then perhaps what historians frequently call the Second Reconstruction could just as rightly be called a Third Great Awakening.
We tested this intervention with 92 residents in four nursing homes, coupling it with efforts to reduce noise and light intensity, and found that it significantly reduced awakenings caused by nighttime incontinence care.
This ministerial conflict evident in the 1740s is present in other awakenings; e.g., supporters and opponents of Charles Finney and the divisive nature of the Jesus Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s.--Reviewed by W.
Taves treats both, by visiting the religious awakenings that did have political consequences, for exampl e after the Great Awakening and before the American Revolution.
that gathered up local or `particular' awakenings into a cohesive revival" (85).
She credits a Wheaton-based artists' alliance, The Awakenings Project, with being central to her recovery.