wake-up call


1. figurative:  something that alerts people to a problematic situation






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heart attack was a wake-up call for him

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A 'wake up call' is a telephone call made at an agreed time in order to wake someone up, usually in a hotel. A 'wake up call' is also an event or something that alerts someone to an unsatisfactory situation or a problem and gives them the opportunity to remedy it. This is a common noun used in both social and professional contexts.

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  1. The heart attack he suffered last year was a real wake-up call. Now he exercises and sticks to a diet.

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  1. Being rejected for the job was a wake-up call for Jane. She realised that she had to improve her CV.

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