bring (one) back to reality

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bring (one) back to reality

To cause one who is fantasizing or being overly optimistic to remember or consider the true nature of something. Someone needs to bring him back to reality because there's no way he's getting into that school with his mediocre grades. I was excited to book a vacation until my nearly-depleted bank account brought me back to reality.
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bring someone back to reality

to force someone to face reality. The rain shower brought her back to reality. Liz was brought back to reality by a rude shock.
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However, as the events of the film unfold we see the content has been mainly a psychodrama, a role play, and an attempt to evaporate the delusional reality of Teddy, and bring him back to reality, as Andrew Laeddis.
I felt I owed it to him to bring him back to reality whenever he strayed, thinking that was the right thing to do.
Obama did not have to exaggerate to bring him back to reality: in today's multipolar world, the balance of power has changed.