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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.
See also: awaken, rude
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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
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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
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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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References in classic literature ?
A grim smile forced itself to my lips as I thought of the rude awakening that lay in store for the ruler of Okar, and my itching fingers fondled the hilt of my bloody sword.
It was an extremely rude awakening. I imagine that he lost his head.
As part of Operation Sweep 2, some suspected offenders were given rude awakenings as police attended their home addresses in the early hours.
ANO harm to Pat Fenlon who seems like a lovely wee fella, but how many "rude awakenings" must Hibs suffer before someone at Easter Road gets the finger out?
An outstanding work of fiction, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austin Addict is funny and intriguing and tells of one Courtney Stone, a modern girl caught in Jane Austin's era.
While much of his debut solo set boasts soft-rock and summery harmonies, there are enough rude awakenings to make you pay attention.
But until we loosen up and allow women to honestly speak about the variations in their orientation without the threat of ostracism, we will continue to have these rude awakenings of rolling over one morning and finding our lover has taken off with the Culligan man.