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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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As an added bonus, special features and extras including deleted scenes, "Secrets of The Force Awakens" and "The Story Awakens: The Table Read," will be available exclusively on the Starz app.
The Force Awakens is now the fourth highest-grossing film in UK history, after adjusting for inflation.
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4:00 AM: Residents who have slept throughout the four hours may be awakened and appropriate care administered.
It debuted in 22 other markets, breaking records in 18 of them.AaAaAeAeAaAeAeA total does not include receipts from China, the world's second-largest movie market, and China'sAaAaAeAeAaAeAeA absence is a major reason why global office receipts for "The Force Awakens" failed to top those of "Jurassic World." The dinosaur action extravaganza pulled in (http://news.yahoo.com/star-wars-sets-n-america-record-opening-weekend-171726621.html;_ylt=A0LEViv1BndWdpkAKU9jmolQ) $548 million back in June, but Chinese audiences also got to see it two days early; it opened in China June 10, and in the U.S.
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