bring (one) down to earth

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bring (one) down to earth

To cause one who is fantasizing or being overly optimistic to remember or consider reality. I was excited to book a vacation until my nearly-depleted bank account brought me down to earth. Dean was thrilled to get into his dream school, but the realization that he would have to pay for it entirely on his own brought him down to earth.
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bring someone down to earth

Fig. to help someone face reality; to help someone who is euphoric become more realistic. The events helped bring us all down to earth. I hate to be the one to bring you down to earth, but things aren't as good as you think.
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THE Championship table confirms that the Seagulls are flying and there's no reason to feel Leeds can bring them down to earth.
But Kipp can bring them down to earth with just one little word: Aldar.
But before they get over excited, we have one way to bring them down to earth with a bump; one little word that'll have them turning a mild shade of crimson: Aldar.
We can bring them down to earth and for the sake of the title race I bet everyone who doesn't support Man Utd will be hoping we do.
Now let's bring them down to earth quickly at Anfield next weekend.
But Reid said:'All the talk atthe club this week has been about the Celtic game but my job is to bring them down to earth and get them focusing on the immediate challenge of the league.