make (one) sit up and take notice

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make (one) sit up and take notice

To cause one to become alert and give his or her attention. Although he's been making music for years, it was his smash hit last April that made people sit up and take notice. The president's proposed aid program has made many global leaders sit up and take notice.
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sit up and take notice, to (make someone)

To (make someone) pay attention; to astonish or startle someone. This late nineteenth-century expression calls up the image of a dog sitting up, wide awake and completely alert. O. Henry used it in his story The Enchanted Profile (1909): “Sit up and take notice—a dispossess notice if there’s no other kind.”
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