wake (up) to (something)

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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: to, wake
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

wake (up) to something

 and waken to something
to awaken and face something, such as a problem, sunlight, music, noise, etc. I love to wake up to soft music. We woke to the smell of freshly brewed coffee.
See also: to, wake
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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