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une alerte/ un présage/ un signe annonciateur/ une leçon de prudence/ un rappel à la réalité ...
Explanation: C'était en quelque sorte un signal d'alarme, une leçon de prudence, un coup au c** (selon niveau de langage), un rappel à la réalité....
wake-up call (wāk'ŭp')
2. A sign or warning that alerts one to negative or dangerous behavior or circumstances: “Her personal life was spiraling out of control . . . and her brush with death came as a wake-up call” (Geraldine Fabrikant).
If something that happens is a wake-up call, it should make you realise that you need to take action to change a situation:
The poor turnout for the election will hopefully be a wake-up call to the government.
MultiPro United States Local time: 06:25 Native speaker of: French PRO pts in category: 24