rude awakening

noun

an occurrence of being made to face an unpleasant fact

Nearby words

  1. ruddock,
  2. ruddy,
  3. ruddy duck,
  4. ruddy turnstone,
  5. rude,
  6. rude, françois,
  7. rudely,
  8. ruderal,
  9. rudesby,
  10. rudesheimer

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