sit up and take notice, to (make someone)

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sit up and take notice

To become alert and give one's complete attention to someone or something. Although he's been making music for years, it was his smash hit song last April that caused people to sit up and take notice. The president's proposed legislation has made many global leaders sit up and take notice.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

sit up and take notice

to become alert and pay attention. A loud noise from the front of the room caused everyone to sit up and take notice. The company wouldn't pay any attention to my complaints. When I had my lawyer write them a letter, they sat up and took notice.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

sit up and take notice

If someone sits up and takes notice, they start paying attention to something because they realize it is important or worth noticing. In the last few years the medical world has begun to sit up and take notice of the role diet has to play in health. Pressure groups will need to campaign hard before anyone in power is forced to sit up and take notice.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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