Definition of wake up and smell the coffee in English:

wake up and smell the coffee

phrase

informal North American
  • usually in imperative Become aware of the realities of a situation, however unpleasant.

    • ‘keep an eye on your friends, who may be using you—wake up and smell the coffee!’
    • ‘Some people may say 140 cases is 140 too many… well wake up and smell the coffee buddy boy… we do live in a real world after all!’
    • ‘When are the Republicans going to wake up and smell the coffee?’
    • ‘I tell these young motorcyclists that if they don't think what they're doing is inherently dangerous then they need to wake up and smell the coffee.’
    • ‘Please wake up and smell the coffee where technical education is concerned before it's too late.’
    • ‘And if you think that's just because we all wanted to see a display of scintillating football from the England XI, wake up and smell the coffee.’
    • ‘If your idea of accountancy is grey-suited men hunched over page of numbers, you'd better wake up and smell the coffee.’
    • ‘At some point our Asian creditors will wake up and smell the coffee.’
    • ‘With the latest outbreak of gun-related violence in Washington, maybe the mass of U.S. citizens will finally wake up and smell the coffee.’
    • ‘The Brazilian superstar has found playing time hard to come by at the San Siro, but perhaps his latest stunt will get coach Carlo Ancelotti to wake up and smell the coffee.’
    • ‘Many analysts believe investors are beginning to wake up and smell the coffee - revenues, cash flow and earnings count for something.’