wake-up

[weyk-uhp]
noun
1.
an act or instance of waking up.
2.
an act or instance of being awakened: I asked the hotel desk for a wake-up at 6.
3.
a time of awaking or being awakened: I'll need a 5 o'clock wake-up to make the early plane.
4.
adjective
5.
serving to wake one from sleep: Leave a wake-up call at the front desk.
6.
serving to arouse or alert: a wake-up call on the problems of pollution.

Origin:
1835–45; noun, adj. use of verb phrase wake up

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

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Example sentences
Shrimp get a wake-up call from a bold spice paste that really packs a punch.
My first experience with that sort of wake-up call was a few years ago in my first year of teaching.
The predicament of workers whose hopes for a prosperous old age had been dashed was a wake-up call for the government.
Perhaps this quake will be a wake-up call to construction companies and the government which regulates the industry.
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