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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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awake(n) from

To rouse from something (often sleep). Today, I was awoken from my sleep by my neighbor's barking dog. Awake from your daydreams, class, it's time to talk about the periodic table.

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.
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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.
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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.
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Whether ours is in New York City or Nowhere, USA, Weaver's experience is comparable to all our experiences in this country--this is what makes The Awakener so readable and touching; these characters appear in every American's past.
Being an educator and an awakener of feelings is not easy--it's one challenge and adventure after another.
It is a disturber and an awakener. Able (servant) leaders are usually sharply awake and reasonably disturbed.
This afternoon--it was still early, not yet five-thirty--as he walked up Escobedo Street to the offices of the morning newspaper: El Despertador del Norte (the Awakener of the North), he moved much more slowly than was usual to his restless long stride.
It also takes contrasts of textures, clear and easily understood signage and, whenever possible, lifestyle displays that set the mood and place for the product.SMELL, where and if possible, is another impulse awakener. Women respond to the aroma of flowers, men respond to the odors of the out-of-doors, to leather and fresh scents.
AWAKENER planet Uranus opens your eyes to all sorts of options and possibilities, and gives you a buzz of excitement, maybe a touch of tension, too, as you press a button that sets a big new chapter in motion, very possibly in your personal life.
(45) Shelley's 'champion and symbol of mankind' is taken up by Victor Hugo, for whom Prometheus is the 'awakener of conscience and of reason, liberator of superstition and ignorance ...
The ATTAC movement had a role as 'an awakener of conscience', he said.
HEALTH: Awakener and stress planet Uranus leaves your horoscope health zone for good, having perhaps made you well aware of your own healthy-living needs.
He seems at some pains to downplay the importance of Hume as Kant's awakener from dogmatic slumber, but it is hard to see how his account succeeds in diminishing Hume's role.
A dollop of tomato or pickle relish is another taste awakener for peas.
Giordano Bruno called himself "The awakener of sleeping souls," and went through life like a sword of the sun; but his reward was to be burned in the physical flame that is the parallel of the spiritual flame.
NM: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Erma Bombeck, Jesus Christ, Gandhi, Madeleine Albright, Mother Teresa, Angela Lansbury, Wayne Dyer, Mary Warzecha, Roland Olivier, and just recently, Robert Frost I read a quote of his that I think really describes who I am and what my life purpose is about He said about himself "I am not a teacher, but an awakener." I feel that my coaching, consulting, writing and speaking have been about awakening people to who they are and how really and truly magnificent that discovery is.
Her women friends laughed at her: "And you think you're the awakener? So far nobody has noticed anything.
Most important, as Gablik summarizes, the artist's role shifts "from that of a self-directed, achievement-oriented professional to something like that of a cultural awakener or healer ..." (p.