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wake up on the wrong side of (the) bed

To be in a particularly and persistently irritable, unhappy, or grouchy mood or state, especially when it is not in line with one's normal disposition. I'm sorry I snapped at you earlier, I think I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. Jeez, the boss has been in a really bad mood all day. I guess he must have woken up on the wrong side of bed!
See also: bed, of, on, side, up, wake, wrong

woke

slang Aware of the need for and committed to social justice. This usage of the term (particularly in reference to activism against black oppression) is thought to have originated in the mid-20th century US. Often used in the phrase "stay woke." Primarily heard in US. We can't just protest today and then ignore these issues tomorrow—we have to stay woke. You're not woke if you think the status quo is OK.

stay woke

slang To be aware of the need for and committed to social justice. This usage of the term "woke" (particularly in reference to activism against black oppression) is thought to have originated in the mid-20th century US. Primarily heard in US. We can't just protest today and then ignore these issues tomorrow—we have to stay woke.
See also: stay, woke

wake up to (something)

To become alert to or aware of something, especially something that needs to be recognized as a problem. You need to wake up to what's happening instead of ignoring the situation. If this country doesn't wake up to the hatred that's among us, we're going to have a bleak future.
See also: up, wake
References in classic literature ?
Last night I found her leaning out when I woke up, and when I tried to wake her I could not.
Even the most casual social media user has almost certainly seen references to the slang term "woke," as in "stay woke.
wo*ken \'w[macron over o]-k[schwa]n\ or waked also woke
SUNDAY: Woke with a stiff back, neck, leg, elbow, knee and shoulder.
That means someone who woke at 6am during their working life might now naturally wake at 4am or even 3.
in the 800 block of north Maclay Avenue, where a burglar tried to break into a house but was scared off when the resident woke up and looked out the window at him, Harvey said.