Definition - wake-up call

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wake-up call
  1. a telephone call that you request be made a specific time in order to wake you up at that time (especially in hotels); "she left a wake-up call for 7 a.m."
  2. a warning to take action concerning something that was overlooked or neglected; "the bombing was a wake-up call to strengthene domestic security"
  3. a warning to take action concerning something that was overlooked or neglected; "the bombing was a wake-up call to strengthen domestic security"
  4. a telephone call that you request be made a specific time in order to wake you up at that time (especially in hotels); "she left a wake-up call for 7 a.m."