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English noun: wake-up call

1. wake-up call (communication) a warning to take action concerning something that was overlooked or neglected

SamplesThe bombing was a wake-up call to strengthen domestic security.

Broader (hypernym)warning

2. wake-up call (communication) a telephone call that you request be made a specific time in order to wake you up at that time (especially in hotels)

SamplesShe left a wake-up call for 7 a.m..

Broader (hypernym)call, phone call, telephone call

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