rude awakening

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rude awakening (plural rude awakenings)

  1. An undesirable epiphany; a realization of an unwanted fact.
    • 2011 September 27, Alistair Magowan, “Bayern Munich 2 - 0 Man City”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Mario Gomez scored twice as Manchester City were given a rude awakening by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.