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
References in classic literature ?
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.
We had prepared pretty well, it was a little bit of a rude awakening.
Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, said: "This needs to be a rude awakening to cities up and down the UK that more must be done to bridge the gender pay gulf.
ROUND-UP DERMOT DRUMMY got a rude awakening in his first match in charge of CRAWLEY as they lost to relegated DAGENHAM.
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has asked Arsenal not to give him a rude awakening when the Premier League leaders visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (2pm).
Certainly, Reds fans expecting another 4-1 or 6-1 may be in for a bit of a rude awakening.
Gaffer Tony Pulis said: "My players weren't on their game today and were given a rude awakening.
Thursday on Danny C's Rude Awakening show on Radio 1 (104.
An American dentist hoping to visit the Spanish city of Granada for a few days before a conference in Portugal got a rude awakening when what he thought would be a two-hour flight from London turned out to be a nine-hour flightto Grenada, in the Caribbean.
Caldo reckons the United squad are in for a rude awakening when the Dutchman arrives, saying: "He's a hard taskmaster - it's either his way of the highway.
We've not heard it yet -- even the new music video supporting the album, "Final Backward Glance,'' is only viewable in Europe at the moment -- but Bane's Worcester fans can get a taste with the band's CD release party, with special guests Turnstile, Rude Awakening, Caught In A Crowd and Test Of Time, at 6 p.
The rude awakening, though, will not make the more conservative in religious or lay groups to roll over and submit.