rude awakening

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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

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
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.
The rude awakening, though, will not make the more conservative in religious or lay groups to roll over and submit.
Adina Azarian, founder of the rental brokerage Adina Equities, recalled the rude awakening she got just after Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008.
McLean said: "The death of Foe in 2003 was the rude awakening for football.
Tek: The title Still Shinin' came from a mixture of the Rude Awakening and our first album, Da Shinin'.
The rude awakening that awaited us at the end of World War II subsequently turned many into hardened skeptics.
That was the rude awakening yesterday for Thomas Marsh, who escaped death by inches.
BRIAN LITTLE has laid it on the line for his Aston Villa team following the rude awakening of their home defeat by Liverpool.