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wake-up call

1. A phone call that one schedules to be placed to one's hotel room in order to be woken up at a certain time. I set an alarm and scheduled a wake-up call so there's no way I oversleep for the first conference session tomorrow.
2. An event that triggers a sense of urgency or the motivation to make a change. Harold's sudden chest pain was the wake-up call he needed to finally see his doctor. That terrible car accident was just the wake-up call I needed to quit my boring office job and start acting again.
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wake-up call

A portentous event, report, or situation that brings an issue to immediate attention. For example, The rise in unemployment has given a wake-up call to state governments, or The success of the online subscription is a wake-up call to publishers. This metaphoric term originated in the second half of the 1900s for a telephone call arranged in advance to awaken a sleeper, especially in a hotel. Its figurative use dates from about 1990.
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a wake-up call

COMMON A wake-up call is something which shocks people, making them understand how serious a problem is and causing them to take action in order to solve that problem. These extreme weather patterns should act as a wake-up call to our complacent leaders. Climate change is happening and we need to act now. The report is intended as a wake-up call for governments around the world to take action to improve healthcare resources for young people. Note: If you have a wake-up call, you arrange for someone to telephone you at a certain time in the morning so that you are sure to wake up at that time.
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a ˈwake-up call

an event that makes people realize that they must take action in a dangerous situation: The recent storms and floods have been a wake-up call for many people about the reality of climate change.
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wake-up call

Also, wake-up time. An event, report, or situation that brings an issue to immediate attention. The term originated in the mid-1900s for a phone call arranged to awaken a sleeper at a given time, usually in a hotel. It began to be used figuratively in the late twentieth century. A New York Times headline over Joe Nocera’s article about a bank regulator interview read, “Wake-up Time for a Dream” (meaning home ownership; June 11, 2010). Also, Gregg Hurwitz used it in They’re Watching (2010), “But either the vows mean something or they don’t. This is a wake-up call, Patrick, for both of us.”
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Wake-up call: B&B is pounds 72pp per night when two share.
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This unfortunate wake-up call has been placed before, by the Wall Street mad bomber of the 50s, student radicals in the 60s and the national zealots of the last two decades.
Kilkenny had to dig deep to overcome Waterford and Buckley reckons the drawn game was a real wake-up call for the Cats.
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The Spain striker said: "You have to have respect for the opponent and that was a good wake-up call for us."
The Commission of Health Improvement today said this was a "wake-up call for the NHS" and described the catalogue of mistakes as "avoidable".
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The rate at which voters were last night signing campaigning Labour MP Tom Watson's online petition should serve as a wake-up call for complacent Cameron.
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"With Bashir's exit, all despots must be quaking in their boots." This, he adds, is a wake-up call for Kenya and others: "Kenya has a rapidly growing youthful population, well-educated, but faced with high unemployment levels.
Seeing the impact of your salary on your start-up's net income will hurt, but it's a good wake-up call for you to start working to drive the gross margin up.
The blog from Tristan is a real wake-up call for the city to get its act together if we want to meet these ambitions.
Unsurprisingly, David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, was the first to experience a prime ministerial wake-up call, which came before he was even officially prime minister.