Definition of wake-up call in English:

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wake-up call

Pronunciation: /ˈwākəp ˌkôl/


1A telephone call made according to a prior arrangement to wake the person called.
Example sentences
  • Before drifting off to sleep, Horatio mentally placed a wake-up call and his mind neared consciousness.
  • She requests a wake-up call but wakes before the designated time.
  • Monday, 7.30 am: Myself and room partner Gary Bollan are stirred into life by the loudest wake-up call known to man.
1.1A person or thing that causes people to become fully alert to an unsatisfactory situation and to take action to remedy it: today’s statistics will be a wake-up call for the administration
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  • This was the wake-up call that Newry needed and in the 24th minute they almost got the equaliser when Curran's cross was met by Maguire.
  • It was a final wake-up call to change my lifestyle.
  • But in 1992, Airbus executives received an unwelcome wake-up call.

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