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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Harker's forehead that I was brought back to reality. Even now, when I am gravely revolving the matter, it is almost impossible to realize that the cause of all our trouble is still existent.
'Nothing lives forever, Peter.' She heard a sound behind her and was brought back to reality. Her eyes focused on the shape at the other end of the kitchen and she realised that the baby had woken up in his crib and was starting to fuss.
Only recently, he was brought back to reality when one night, while visiting his parents following a sold-out concert, the London police accosted him, handcuffing him, and wasting his time with spurious demands for some form of identification (not many people may know this, but there is no legal obligation to carry any form of ID in the UK).
After winning their opening games against Hirwaun (17-11) and Ferndale (12-7), Llanrumney were brought back to reality with a 22-7 defeat to Cardiff Saracens.
The Clansman were brought back to reality after their Harlequin Trophy win as they were well-beaten by titlechallenging Carsons.
She was brought back to reality by the coach who counselled, 'Slow it down, think it through.
I was brought back to reality as street actors portraying the film's main characters engaged me in conversation.
The only time I was brought back to reality was during the sing-along sections.
IAt the "almost 40" stage of life I can often go for weeks unhindered believing myself to be a sprightly 20-something in my head, only brought back to reality when I attempt something that would require a body of said age.
I was brought back to reality by a muffled scream, putting down my book I found her indoors pointing up to the ceiling in the visitor toilet.
AFTER a glorious few days of sunny weather, the North East was brought back to reality yesterday.
Nevertheless, in about 24 hours after the election, many have been brought back to reality. Trump is indeed the President, and while some big names in tech are still not exactly congratulating him, they're not opposing him as strongly either.
Seething with frustrations, I was brought back to reality by a colleague who reminded me that vote-buying has been practiced since time immemorial.
Survivor Mustafa is heavily traumatized and acts out like an adolescent, but is later brought back to reality by the honorable proverbs of semi-samurai, good-doctor Motosada (Masaaki Uchino) and the shy glances of a local girl, Haru (Shiori Kutsuna).