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(one) woke up on the right side of the grass
One is still living (as opposed to dead and buried). Often said to indicate that one's life is tolerable or positive overall, despite difficulties. No, I didn't have the best day, but at least I woke up on the right side of the grass, right? A: "Hi, Grandma! How are you?" B: "Oh, I'm all right, darling—the usual aches and pains, you know how it is. I woke up on the right side of the grass, so I can't complain too much!"
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.
wake (up) to (something)
1. Literally, to be roused from sleep due to some stimulus, especially noise. I've been waking to the sound of my neighbor's dogs barking at 6 AM every single morning for the past two months. We woke to a clatter downstairs, and I thought we were being robbed.
2. To encounter something upon waking. I woke up to the smell of bacon frying downstairs. For Mother's Day, let's let Mom sleep in and wake to a clean house.
3. To become suddenly and acutely aware of something, such as some problem or issue. When is the company finally going to wake up to the deep dissatisfaction among its employees? These politicians need to wake up to the serious problems plaguing our country.
See also: wake
wake the dead
To be extremely noisy and disruptive. Would you two be quiet—you'll wake the dead! Having so many kids running around screaming all at once, it was loud enough to wake the dead!
1. To awaken from sleep. I dreamt I was falling through a floor made of macaroni and cheese, when I suddenly woke up. I'm finding it harder and harder to wake up this early in the morning.
2. To cause someone to awaken from sleep. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "wake" and "up." I had to wake him up because his snoring had gotten so bad in the night. I have to have a cup of coffee in the morning to help wake me up. Go wake up your brother—we're leaving soon!
3. To become alert to or aware of something, especially something that needs to be recognized as a problem. The board of directors refuses to see the imminent danger facing the company. At this point, it will take a financial disaster to make them to wake up. You need to wake up to what's happening instead of ignoring the situation.
4. To cause someone to become alert to or aware of something, especially something that needs to be recognized as a problem. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "wake" and "up." We're trying to wake people up to the horrible reality of global meat production. If investors were feeling complacent before, this earnings report ought to wake them up.
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!
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.
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.
wake (someone or an animal) up
to cause someone or an animal to awaken. Please don't wake me up until noon. Wake up your brother at noon.
wake someone up (to something)
to cause someone to become alert and pay attention. (Does not refer to someone actually asleep.) We tried to wake them up to the dangers. Try to wake up the students to their responsibilities.
wake the dead
Fig. to be so loud as to wake those who are "sleeping" the most soundly: the dead. You are making enough noise to wake the dead. Stop hollering! You'll wake the dead!
to awaken; to become alert. Wake up! We have to get on the road. It's time to wake up!
wake the ˈdead(of a noise) be very loud: He must have heard it — that doorbell’s loud enough to wake the dead.
1. To rouse someone or something from sleep; awaken someone or something: Be quiet, or you will wake up the baby. The alarm woke me up.
2. To become awake; waken: I plan to wake up early tomorrow.
3. To make someone alert or cognizant: The coffee woke me up. The shocking revelations finally woke up the citizens.
4. wake up to To become alert or cognizant of something: We suddenly woke up to the fact that the family business was failing.