to wake up

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - wake up

"to wake up"

to become awake


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - wake up

"to wake up"

to become alert or aware


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - wake up

Two executives are talking ...

Executive 1:  I sure have trouble opening my eyes in the morning. I just want to sleep and sleep.

Executive 2:  Not me.  I wake up refreshed, alert and ready to go every morning.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - wake up

Two supervisors are talking ...

Supervisor 1:  Have you noticed that there seems to be a lot more waste reported from the factory?

Supervisor 2:  I have and I've also noticed a lot more employee absences.  I wonder what's going on.

Supervisor 1Wake up!  We're stalled in negotiation with the union.  The workers are making a silent protest.

Supervisor 2:  Yes, of course. I really need to be more aware.

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to wake up - Gerund Form:

Waking up late in the morning is not a good way to start the day.

Waking yourself up with a cup of coffee is a good way to remain alert in a meeting.

to wake up - Examples:

1)  Unfortunately, I think our country will have to bear more hardship before we wake up and change the direction we are going in

2)  How gorgeous is it to wake up and find that you are looking at someone you really really like.

3)  I definitely feel a little groggy when I wake up and for a few minutes after.

4)  Enjoy your afternoon power nap. Wake up with a renewed sense of purpose and increased productivity.

5)  Grandpa was asleep, he usually doesn't wake up till noon.

6)  If the ruling class doesn't wake up soon, they will be in for a very rude awakening.

7)  How many times do you wake up in the morning and want to do something different with your hair?

8)  Your hypocrisy has blinded you. Wake up and see what you are, change it for the better.

9)  Johnny and Mitch need to wake up to the new reality.

10)  Refresh yourself. If you feel you had a good night sleep, just wake up and relax yourself.

11)  Thank you Governor Perry for waking up America to the danger posed from the DC elites.

12)  She remembers waking up at 2 a.m. to give him his medication.

13)  It basically came about because I have been waking up feeling awful pretty much every morning.

14)  For more than a decade, I've had the amazing experience of waking up every morning excited to get to work.

15)  There is huge difference about how we feel after waking up depending on the stage we are in at the moment.

16)  The baby wakes up at five o'clock in the morning.

17)  I'm a former democrat that has finally woken up and realized that America is purposely being led to destruction.

18)  She woke me before the sun came up. I've woken up early for a year now.

19)  The Chinese have just woken up to the fact that they're the sucker.

20)  The best news is that I think this country has finally woken up to the dropout crisis.