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[weyk-uhp] /ˈweɪkˌʌp/
an act or instance of waking up.
an act or instance of being awakened:
I asked the hotel desk for a wake-up at 6.
a time of awaking or being awakened:
I'll need a 5 o'clock wake-up to make the early plane.
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serving to wake one from sleep:
Tell the front desk you want a wake-up call.
serving to arouse or alert:
a wake-up call on the problems of pollution.
Origin of wake-up
First recorded in 1835-45; noun, adj. use of verb phrase wake up Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for wake-up call

wake-up call

a telephone call that wakes a person from sleep
an event that alerts people to a danger or difficulty


(Austral, informal) an alert or intelligent person
(Austral, informal) be a wake-up to, to be fully alert to (a person, thing, action, etc)
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wake-up call

noun phrase

A summons to action; clarion call: The vote should be taken as a wake-up call to the civil rights movement that it better reinvigorate its leadership/ I sure hope this hurricane is a wake-up call (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with wake-up call

wake-up call

A portentous event, report, or situation that brings an issue to immediate attention. For example, The rise in unemployment has given a wake-up call to state governments, or The success of the online subscription is a wake-up call to publishers. This metaphoric term originated in the second half of the 1900s for a telephone call arranged in advance to awaken a sleeper, especially in a hotel. Its figurative use dates from about 1990.
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