a telephone call that wakes a person from sleep
an event that alerts people to a danger or difficulty
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How to use wake-up call in a sentence
However, we have just had a necessary wake-up call that all is not as secure as we believed.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat | Clive Irving | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For these people the disaster over the Mojave Desert is a sobering wake-up call.Virgin Galactic’s Flight Path to Disaster: A Clash of High Risk and Hyperbole | Clive Irving | November 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If you want to predict trends in America, whether in politics or products, World Cup mania should serve as a wake-up call.Ann Coulter Doesn’t Get the Real Reasons Behind America’s World Cup Mania | Kristen Soltis Anderson | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A new CDC report serves as a wake-up call for the importance of childhood vaccines.New CDC Report Says Vaccines Prevented 322 Million Diseases In Last 20 Years | Brandy Zadrozny | April 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“This study should be a wake-up call to parents and educators everywhere,” says Greenberg.
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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