come down to earth

come down to earth

To remember or consider reality when one is fantasizing or being overly optimistic. I was excited to book a vacation, but I came down to earth when I checked my nearly-depleted bank account. Dean was thrilled to get into his dream school, but when he realized that he would have to pay for it entirely on his own, he came down to earth.
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come down to earth

 
1. Lit. to arrive on earth from above. An angel came down to earth and made an announcement.
2. Fig. to become realistic; to become alert to what is going on around one. You have a fit of enthusiasm, John, but you must come down to earth. We can't possibly afford any of your suggestions.
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come (back) down to earth (with a bang/bump/jolt)

to have to start dealing with the unpleasant or boring things that happen every day after a period of excitement and enjoyment We came down to earth with a bump when we got back from our holidays to find we had a burst pipe.
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