Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

wake-up call

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
  • Analysis

    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.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The heart attack he suffered last year was a real wake-up call. Now he exercises and sticks to a diet.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    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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