from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A telephone call that one requests to occur at a specific time in order to be woken up, especially in a hotel.
- n. A sign or warning that alerts one to negative or dangerous behavior or circumstances: "Her personal life was spiraling out of control . . . and her brush with death came as a wake-up call” ( Geraldine Fabrikant).
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- n. A telephone call to awaken someone at a certain time, especially one requested by the person while staying at a hotel.
- n. An alert, reminder, or call to action caused by a dramatic event.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a warning to take action concerning something that was overlooked or neglected
- n. a telephone call that you request be made a specific time in order to wake you up at that time (especially in hotels)
Ron Evans, the capsule communicator for the night shift, made the wake-up call to the LM crew at 9:32 A.M.
Her near-death experience on Teneb had been a wake-up call for her to move on with her life, but there were days when she still felt like she was walking through mud.
Jessica Mitford’s critique of the funeral industry in The American Way of Death in 1963 was a wake-up call that there was something both superficial and delusional about how we honored our loved ones.
In spite of the sobering wake-up call delivered by theApollo I tape, the first year of our TFNG indoctrination was one of euphoria.
When Tim Belcher criticized his Dodger teammates for run-of-the-mill play and said that Atlanta catching them in the standings might be the wake-up call they needed, Lasorda mocked him: Belcher said that?