a rude awakening

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
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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has asked Arsenal not to give him a rude awakening when the Premier League leaders visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (2pm).
In the second half of the season I had a rude awakening with different problems and different things to consider.
A four-day-old grey seal was catching 40 winks on the sand when an incoming wave gave him a rude awakening.
England were expected to give the boys in green a rude awakening but Ray Houghton's early header sealed a famous 1-0 win in their group opener.
But he warned anyone who thinks they can get away without putting a shift in at the Norfolk club will be set for a rude awakening.
I'm afraid she is in for a rude awakening come the general election.
Summary: Men are in for a rude awakening as a women-only audio blogging station has become one of Egypt;'s growing censorship-free forums for women intent on tackling taboo issues of gender inequality and
I'm the first fighter he's ever fought that isn't gift-wrapped and he is in for a rude awakening.
FIVE million breakfast TV viewers got a rude awakening when an actor made a one-fingered gesture during a double glazing advert.
Those who think that way are going to have a rude awakening.
JIMMY WHITE was given a rude awakening by Finland's Robin Hull as his disastrous season went from bad to worse in Prestatyn yesterday.
NINE parents in North Tyneside received a rude awakening when police and council officers paid an early morning visit to warn them about their youngsters' behaviour.
And it meant a rude awakening for many motorists when they discovered the flat tyres.
Rohde didn't want to take the kittens to a shelter because he was worried about their health there, so he stopped by a few veterinarian offices and got a rude awakening.
Carter handily defines fundamentalism, American and otherwise, by its rigidity, drive for domination, and exclusiveness--and few could speak with more authority on this than the world's most famous Baptist, who got a rude awakening when the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist convention, closing out a ceremonial visit to the Oval office, told him, "We are praying, Mr.