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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 British English

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wake-up callnoun [C]

uk   /ˈweɪk.ʌp ˌkɔːl/  us   /ˈweɪk.ʌp ˌkɔːl/
(Definition of wake-up call from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"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.
(Definition of wake-up call from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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