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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.
See also: awaken, rude
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Also, addressing another ceremony in Isfahan city on Sunday, Larijani underlined that in addition to collaboration among the US, Zionists and the ISIL to stop or divert the Islamic Awakening movement, the West-led wars in the region, specially in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen, are the results of the world powers' political desire games in the region and the spread of a fanatic terrorist culture.
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Pointing to the growing tides of Islamic awakening in the region, he noted, "In Muslim states, the Islamic awakening is also the result of the unity between the Shiites and Sunnis.
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Tariq al-Assawi, commander of security in Diyala province, said Awakening members are increasingly less reliable.
Maintaining that "there actually was a Great Awakening in the eighteenth century," Kidd rejects Butler's argument on its face (xviii).
The Iraqi government started paying the salaries of about 54,000 Awakening fighters at 60 locations in Baghdad on Monday.
The US has seriously considered granting large numbers of Sunni Awakening forces entry to the US as a reward for their role in their fight against Al Qaida, Iraqi military sources said.
The Islamic party is trying to justify its failure in fighting al-Qaeda through setting up awakening bodies to smear Anbar anti-Qaeda council".
Hours later, a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into an army checkpoint at the nearby town of Al Mansuriyah, killing 10 people and wounding eight, among them soldiers and members of another Awakening group, security officials said.
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Criticized for its objective perception of matrimony, adultery, solitude and motherhood, The Awakening stands the test of time as a poignant story about a dissatisfied married woman who tries to change her life and to be true to her self.