be under no illusion

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be under no illusion

To know and understand the reality or truth of a situation. Don't worry, I'm not getting back together with Alex. After all his lies, I'm under no illusion about how he operates.
See also: illusion, no

be under no illusion (or illusions)

be fully aware of the true state of affairs.
1992 Christian Scientist Monitor It is crucial to the nation's security…that we be under no illusions about reasons for this zero-loss rate.
See also: illusion, no
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DUBAI: I am sitting across the table with seven of the world's greatest illusionists and I am under no illusion.
I am under no illusion that the Cyprus problem is easy to solve or about the difficulties that you face .
I am under no illusion that there are a few bad seeds out there, but to tar every young person who wears a hoodie, baseball cap or tracksuit as a ned is nothing short of discriminative.
I am under no illusions about my position - I can't continue to lose football matches," he said.
Blanchard said: "I am under no illusions about the size of the task or the work required but I feel that there is a renewed optimism around the club and a great opportunity.
Last season was a dream start to my managerial career, but I am under no illusions as to how hard this next one will be," he said.
He said: ``Last season was a dream start to my managerial career, but I am under no illusions as to how hard this next one will be.