Definition of wake-up call in English:

wake-up call

noun

  • 1A telephone call made according to a prior arrangement to wake the person called.

    • ‘I hope this is not a harbinger of 4 a.m. wake-up calls to come, but I'm probably kidding myself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He wanted to roll over and go back to sleep but his mother's singing was meant as a wake-up call.’
    • ‘Joseph woke to the sound of a horn bellowing a wake-up call in the distance.’
    • ‘Before drifting off to sleep, Horatio mentally placed a wake-up call and his mind neared consciousness.’
    • ‘Well, we all know that Kelly Ripa has an early wake-up call every single morning, but she was out pretty late last night for a good cause.’
    • ‘Belinda was surprised to find that she had managed to drop off when a mid-morning wake-up call woke her.’
    • ‘Eventually Arthur says he got a couple of hours sleep, on the promise of a wake-up call from Brown.’
    1. 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’
      • ‘Judge Ball said that the jail sentence was intended ‘to fire a warning shot, a wake-up call, to other people’.’
      • ‘In fact, that's what guilt is for: a wake-up call to remedy a situation.’
      • ‘But a report due to be published this week may serve as a wake-up call to those who believe Edinburgh to be a fully paid-up member of the world's top locations.’
      • ‘I think the biggest problem which we face is the next pandemic of influenza, and I think in a sense the SARS has given us a wake-up call for that.’
      • ‘I think ultimately this has served as a real wake-up call to the investment community and to the average investor.’
      • ‘It was a final wake-up call to change my lifestyle.’
      • ‘County received an early wake-up call when a Rangers forward got through to a one-on-one with County keeper Adam Hornby, who made a fine save.’
      • ‘These results are a wake-up call for a Government more interested in changing how it looks, rather than changing how it works, he said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This wake-up call, though, doesn't just apply to the Democrats and the mainstream media.’
      • ‘The Prison Reform Trust said today that overcrowding is a problem in three quarters of jails and the figures should act as a wake-up call to the government.’
      • ‘If the new National Defense Strategy isn't a sufficient wake-up call, what's it going to take?’
      • ‘Many people experience a shocking wake-up call when they find themselves in hospital and realise how much their misuse of substances has damaged their health.’
      • ‘He described his action as ‘a wake-up call before ministers' complacency becomes truly dangerous’.’
      • ‘It has provided everyone - supporters, players, clubs and league officials - with a massive wake-up call.’
      • ‘The case may turn out to be one of those terrible incidents that provide a wake-up call and a catalyst for positive change.’
      • ‘And I think that Republicans did have a wake-up call, and I think they're starting to react to it.’
      • ‘The election of the BNP councillors and the BBC documentary is hopefully a wake-up call to the fact we need some open and honest debate in this city.’
      • ‘It's a wake-up call: he sees the errors of his ways, and now that he has a little time on his hands he decides to reform himself into the best dad a child could have.’
      • ‘But in 1992, Airbus executives received an unwelcome wake-up call.’

Pronunciation:

wake-up call

/ˈwākəp ˌkôl/