wake up and smell the coffee


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wake up and smell the coffee

Pay attention to what is happening. Come on, Stan, wake up and smell the coffee! They're cheating you out of millions!
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wake up and smell the coffee

Prov. Try to pay attention to what's going on. Things have changed around here, Wallace J. Hodder! Wake up and smell the coffee!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wake up and smell the coffee

If you say that someone should wake up and smell the coffee, you mean they must start to be more realistic and aware of what is happening around them. You'll have to wake up and smell the coffee. The world is a very hard, cruel place. It would really serve you well to wake up and smell the damned coffee and quit acting like a teenager.
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wake up and smell the coffee

become aware of the realities of a situation, however unpleasant. informal, chiefly North American
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wake up and smell the ˈcoffee

(American English, informal) used to tell somebody that they are wrong about a particular situation or have not been aware of something and it is time that they realized and accepted the truth: It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee: you’re not going to pass this course unless you start working harder.
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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee was released only weeks after the September 11 terror attacks on American and has struggled to make an impact on the US charts, despite achieving platinum sales elsewhere in the world.
There's plenty of bitter truth in the essential points Bogosian makes in "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee." The universe is an unfeeling place, where people fight fiercely for their own piece of the pie while shrugging their shoulders and clicking their clickers at the plane crashes, terrorist bombings and civil wars that litter the media landscape.
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The councillors need to wake up and smell the coffee. Our town centre is a disgrace and the people of Kirkby deserve better.
Wake up and smell the coffee One luky reader will wake up and smell the coffee every day for a year with a year's supply of Lavazza coffee (11 x 250g packs), a moka pot, gift set of limited edition 2010 Lavazza calendar themed cups and saucers and a small limited edition 2010 Lavazza calendar worth approximately pounds 130 in total.
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The bleeding-heart non-smokers, who think that the world will change as soon as us law-abiding, tax-paying smokers have been stopped, need to wake up and smell the coffee, or is that the next legal drug they'll get banned?
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