wake-up call

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wake-up + call

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wake-up call (plural wake-up calls)

  1. A telephone call to awaken someone at a certain time, especially one requested by the person while staying at a hotel.
    She requested a five a.m. wake-up call from the front desk.
  2. (figuratively) An alert, reminder, or call to action caused by a dramatic event.
    The recent deaths should serve as a wake-up call to others at risk.

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