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reality check

noun
  1. a corrective confronting of reality, in order to counteract one's expectations, prejudices, or the like.
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Origin of reality check

First recorded in 1970–75
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British Dictionary definitions for reality check

reality check

noun
  1. an occasion or opportunity to consider a matter realistically or honestly
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Idioms and Phrases with reality check

reality check

An assessment to determine if one's circumstances or expectations conform to reality, as in Time for a reality check—wasn't this supposed to be a money-making enterprise? [Slang; second half of 1900s]

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