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What is a natural thing to say when you suddenly wake up from a dream?

The impression I have in mind is of something like burst/tear apart or escape from the dream scene by waking up.

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Do you mean wake up from a dream? I don’t know what “wake up of a dream” could mean. –  tchrist May 7 '13 at 2:01
    
Thanks. Corrected. –  Novice May 7 '13 at 2:58
    
No you didn't, lol. –  Kris May 7 '13 at 5:14
    
I think what you say depends on whether you were enjoying the dream and wanted to stay "in" or whether it was a nightmare from which you wanted to get out. –  Jim May 7 '13 at 7:23
    
Good point Jim. How do you express in each case? –  Novice May 8 '13 at 5:33
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You can use snapping out of a dream, which has that sudden meaning.

You can also use startle, as in startled from a dream, although this seems less sudden.

People are more often disturbed suddenly from daydreams than dreams, so you may find more uses by looking for daydream terms such as reverie.

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