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Wake up and smell the coffee


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When somebody is making coffee, you immediately get the fragrant smell. In fact, it is usual to get woken up in the morning by the smell of brewing coffee. In the form of an idiom, it means that you are telling somebody to pay attention.

Sample Usage

* Stop doodling on that paper and wake up and smell the coffee - the speaker is making an important point.

* Don't get distracted by what is happening at the sidelines during the game. You should wake up and smell the coffee - be aware of which player is going to pass the ball to you.


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