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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He said: "There will be a spring in our step when we get back to training, but coach Richard Cockerill will bring us back to reality.
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If the property market is falling, it is depressing if you already own a home, but it might bring us back to reality. When it takes two people working and you still can't afford a house with a garden in an OK part of town, that is crazy.
Of course, luckily we don't, unless a drunken sailor staggers in to bring us back to reality.
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