bring (one) back (down) to earth

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bring (one) back (down) to earth

To cause one to regain a realistic view of or attitude about something. Those newlyweds think that marriage is utterly blissful, but the stresses of everyday life will bring them back to earth soon enough.
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come back (down) to earth (or bring someone back (down) to earth)

return or make someone return suddenly to reality after a period of daydreaming or euphoria.
2003 Guardian When you start to believe you're in with a shout, the big boys have a nasty habit of bringing you down to earth with a bump.
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The President Space Policy Directive 1 ensures that NASA will lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners, to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.
After being unloaded by the space station's astronauts, it will be filled with 1,367 pounds of hardware and cargo to bring back to Earth.
The Discovery crew are due to take off for home today after their mission to remove rubbish and surplus equipment which they have put in a giant cylinder to bring back to Earth.