Meaning of “wake-up call” in the English Dictionary

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"wake-up call" in American English

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wake-up callnoun [ C ]

us /ˈweɪkˌʌp ˌkɔl/

wake-up call noun [ C ] (MORNING CALL)

a telephone call or signal to wake you in the morning, typically in a hotel

wake-up call noun [ C ] (SHOCKING EVENT)

a shocking event that changes the way many people think:

Fish and Game officials got a wake-up call in a survey on wildlife-related issues.

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"wake-up call" in Business English

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wake-up callnoun [ C ]

uk us

if something is a wake-up call, it makes you realize that you need to change the way you do something, to avoid a problem in the future:

The 30% drop in annual profits served as a real wake-up call for high-street retailers.

a phone call that a hotel guest can arrange to get to wake them up at a particular time:

I'd like a wake-up call at 7, please.

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