rude awakening


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rude awakening

n.
A sudden and often unwelcome realization: "They all think Mrs. McCrea has plenty of money, but they're due for a rude awakening" (John O'Hara).

rude awakening

n
an occurrence of being made to face an unpleasant fact
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A grim smile forced itself to my lips as I thought of the rude awakening that lay in store for the ruler of Okar, and my itching fingers fondled the hilt of my bloody sword.
It was an extremely rude awakening. I imagine that he lost his head.
Gilas suffers rude awakening in FIBA World Cup opener vs mighty Italy !-- -- Luisa Morales (Philstar.com) - August 31, 2019 - 9:11am MANILA, Philippines Gilas Pilipinas received a rude welcome in the 2019 FIBA World Cup after suffering a 46-point beatdown against Italy,62-108,in Foshan, China on Saturday.
Duncan Scott had a rude awakening on his return from Commonwealths - now he is out to give his rivals one.
Summary: Manjunath's death has been a rude awakening for the whole community, says artist
I was in for a rude awakening. The government doctor was running a private practice!
STOURBRIDGE have endured a 'rude awakening', according to boss Neil Mitchell, who insisted every game matters for the remainder of the campaign.
Forty years after Steve Dahl burst onto Chicago radio as a 23-year-old cocksure kid hosting a morning show called "Steve Dahl's Rude Awakening," he's bowing out as an elder statesman with humility and gratitude, Robert Feder writes.
Strangford MP Jim Shannon told her: "If you don't cast your net wider and seek opinions of other people and stop seeking the one blinkered opinion, which it is clear to me that some people are pursuing, then you are going to get a very rude awakening."
The rice crisis in Zamboanga City was a 'rude awakening' for both the National Food Authority (NFA) Council and the agency itself, Secretary Emmanuel Pinol of the Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday.
Our poor attitude is what hurts CASTLEFORD coach Daryl Powell described it as a "rude awakening" after his side crashed to a 46-6 defeat at St Helens.
The figures, which are based on a study of more than 155,000 CVs of recent jobseekers around the country, have been described as a "rude awakening", although the North East is not in the top 10 for the gender pay gap.