follow Dictionary.com

Hone in vs. home in? What's the difference?

rude awakening

noun
1.
an occurrence of being made to face an unpleasant fact
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for rude awakening
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Henry refused to believe in this rude awakening from his dreams; he ordered a strict investigation into the charges.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • If such, however, had been the intention, it was destined to a rude awakening.

    James Boswell William Keith Leask
  • Youll have a rude awakening, my friend, if youre building any hopes on me.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • But they had a rude awakening, particularly in the case of Billy.

  • These idealizers of the Liberal Party, which had really definitely ceased to be Liberal in 1894, had a rude awakening.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • How inexplicable it all was in those first dazed moments after that rude awakening!

    The Long Day Dorothy Richardson

Word of the Day

Word Value for rude

5
6
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for rude awakening