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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You can bring them back to reality very quickly by telling them just what's wrong; they're doing too much.
The time in the police cells will give them time to reflect on their situation and bring them bacK to reality - hopefully a harsh punishment from the local magistrate will bring them down to earth with a bang.
The time in the local police cells will give them time to reflect on their situation and bring them back to reality, hopefully a harsh punishment from the local magistrate will bring them down to earth with a hell of a bang
It's time we showed them the true meaning of football, let them know they're in a game and bring them back to reality.
A little bit of roughing it might be just what's needed to bring them back to reality and heal their marriage.
It'll bring them back to reality fairly fast - a nice way to come back to reality too.