wake-up call ( wake-up calls plural )
1 n-count A wake-up call is a telephone call that you can book through an operator or at a hotel to make sure that you wake up at a particular time.
2 n-count If you say that something is a wake-up call to a person or group of people, you mean that it will make them notice something and start to take action.
usu sing, oft N to n
The Ambassador said he hoped the statement would serve as a wake-up call to the government.
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