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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Barty, who had been on a sensational 15-match winning run, was brought down to earth with a thud by Riske, who reached her first ever Grand Slam quarter-final at the 30th attempt and at the age of 29.
"We qualified to play Horden in the final of the Frank Lees Cup, of which we are the holders, and then saw off Esh Winning to move second top - but were brought down to earth at Marsden."
While Pakistan was held by Malaysia 1-1, Holland was brought down to earth as Germany defeated them 4-1.
However she was brought down to earth with a bump when she got home and told her young son was had happened.
We made a good living from making steel, and being brought down to earth in the real world has taken some time to adjust too.
The Rocket was brought down to earth with a massive bang as he was knocked out of the Northern Ireland Open by unknown Elliot Slessor.
CRICKET ESSEX were brought down to earth after their overnight celebrations on securing promotion to Division One of the County Championship as Glamorgan kept them in the field for much of another hot day at Chelmsford.
SLAITHWAITE Saracens Underb 17 side were brought down to earth at Wibsey as they were beaten 58-22.
Watson was brought down to earth a week later, losing all three singles in his team's 8-2 reversal to the Crosby High first team of Gemma Grant, Cherith Graham and Gavin Lloyd.
Last Saturday Bees were on top of the world after inflicting a first defeat of the season on Macclesfield - but just seven days later they were brought down to earth with a crushing defeat at Caldy.
To accommodate the new structures and amenities, a number of existing buildings which included classrooms, a library and a cafeteria were brought down to earth.
Assala is being brought down to earth with a crash as she reportedly faces a month's hard jail time and has been forced to dig deep for 10 thousand Egyptian pounds after being taken to court by her own brother.
The high-flying Scots found the Welsh team in feisty mood, and were brought down to earth with a bump.
The defending champs were brought down to earth with a bump a week after their Challenge Cup final win and Warrington will finish top of the table for the first time since 1973 if they beat Hull away in the last match of the regular season on Friday.
CHESTER were brought down to earth with a bump yesterday, turning in one of their poorest performances for months as they lost at the Weaver Stadium.