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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.
See also: awaken, rude

age before beauty

A humorous way to tell someone to go ahead of one, meant as a playful insult. Chuck held the door open for Tim, motioned for him to go ahead, and said, "Age before beauty."
See also: age, beauty, before

age before beauty

a jocular and slightly rude way of encouraging someone to go ahead of oneself; a comical, teasing, and slightly grudging way of indicating that someone else should or can go first. "No, no. Please, you take the next available seat," smiled Tom. "Age before beauty, you know."
See also: age, beauty, before

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

rude

1. mod. undesirable; unpleasant. The prof in my history class is a rude dude, for sure.
2. mod. cool; pleasant; excellent. Man, that’s a rude bike!
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Footballers, who have been named the rudest people in Britain in the survey, were given the tag for antics such as spitting on the pitch and abusing linesmen, the Daily Star reported.
In an age where sharing our opinions of companies online is par for the course, it should come as no surprise that plenty of Americans were eager to comment on which airlines have the rudest employees.
The travellers reckoned that among European cities: Venice is the most romantic, while Athens is the dirtiest; Zurich is the cleanest and Stockholm is the safest; Lisbon is the most underrated while Paris, followed by London, is the most overrated; Paris has the least-friendly locals, followed by London; Istanbul is the hardest to get around, while Paris has the rudest cab divers and Rome the friendliest ones.
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I run a very physically demanding business, write several weekly columns, honour public speaking engagements and radio contributions, am writing a book and single-handedly look after a smallholding which wouldn't be possible if I were not in the rudest of health
The Liverpool International is in its rudest health yet.
It suggests Wales has some of the rudest coppers in Britain, with Gwent Police seeing the second highest rise in complaints about officers' behaviour with a 36 per cent increase since last year.
Liverpool and Birmingham are the rudest cities in the UK, according to a survey yesterday.
But a second-place finish, losing out to France on points difference, indicates Ireland are in the rudest health of all the home nations with the World Cup just 18 months away.
By far, the City Council of Los Angeles is the rudest, most arrogant council of them all.
IT WOULD seem Anne Robinson is trying too hard to live up to her image as the rudest woman on British television with her gratuitous remarks about Liverpool.