wake-up call

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - wake up call

"wake-up call"

a portentous event, report, or situation that brings an issue to immediate attention


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - wake up call

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Machine number four on the production line was giving us trouble again today. Production was down fifteen percent.

Colleague 2: Maybe that is a wake-up call for us.

Colleague 1: Meaning?

Colleague 2: Meaning that we should seriously consider replacing that machine before it quits altogether and causes major production losses.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - wake up call

A couple are talking ...

Wife: How did your medical check-up go today? What did the doctor say?

Husband: My cholesterol level is 130.

Wife: That is a wake up call if ever there was one. Time to seriously change your diet.

Husband: I agree. With that level of cholesterol, I am heading for a heart attack.

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wake-up call - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for wake-up call.

wake-up call - Examples:

1)  I don't know all the details surrounding the incident, maybe it was his wake-up call. No one was injured or killed. Slow reactions at the wheel puts ...

2)  A modest proposal, for now, serves as a wake-up call, alerting industry and consumers alike to the problem and the possible ways of ...

3)  ... narrative focused on the opportunity ahead. We desperately need to pay attention to the wake-up call.

4)  ... 30 percent of the vote in the Latino community, that's a pretty sharp wake-up call.

5)  ... theft and privacy invasion. Both enlightening and disturbing, CODE 2600 is a provocative wake-up call for a society caught in the grips of a global technology takeover.

6)  Taking a realistic look at your financial resources can give you a wake-up call that you need to make important life decisions, such as ...

7)  I'm crying. This has been cathartic. This article is such a wake-up call. I do some of these bad things to people, ...

8)  The powerful information presented here is a wake-up call. It is a call to move beyond complacency and apathy to focus on ...

9)  In other words, this year has been a wake-up call. There's no longer any room for doubt or for wishful thinking about ...

10)  The hope is that Sandy will serve as a wake-up call to mainstream America and mainstream media that global warming is an urgent problem.

11)  It's a loving wake-up call, not a slap on the wrist. 

12)  ... up to 36%, are design-related issues. If that isn't a wake-up call to get serious about design, I don't know what is.

13)  All of this should be a wake-up call that NATO needs serious, far-reaching, and immediate reforms to address a crisis ...

14)  I realized my dreams were slowly drifting away. I have now received the wake-up call and am making changes. It can't be done overnight, but I ...

15)  ... series of red and green lights placed within the FRZ is meant as a last-chance wake-up call for errant pilots telling them that they're somewhere they shouldn't be.

16)  This was a big wake up call and it really helped me in forming an approach to learning those languages.

17)  ... and a wake up call on just how urgent an issue the growing federal deficit has become for ...

18)  ... saying the MCAT will solve the problem, she's saying it should be a wake up call that there is a problem that needs to be fixed.

19)  The recent Sony incident was another wake up call for website owners about the problems with passwords as discussed in the recent ...

20)  I just think that the rest of us need to see this as a wake up call and do everything in our power to prevent a thing like this from ...