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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Summary: Driver's lapse in concentration only ended when noise of collision brought him back to reality
He too thought himself in heaven, until his fall to the ground brought him back to reality. They sat among friends joking as pedestrians wished them good health.
Children's cartoon character Mr Benn was best known for visiting a fancy dress shop and getting involved in adventures before the shopkeeper brought him back to reality with the words "as if by magic, the shopkeeper appeared".
Timberlake also revealed how the movie brought him back to reality: "I kind of feel like this movie, kind of, not to sound cliche, but this movie kind of presents the idea that you live every day as if it was your last, because we don't know how long we're going to be here.
A slap on the shoulder from his wife brought him back to reality. "Are you going to sleep, or hunt?" Amy was frustrated too, and chased him out of the house.
1 in the country, won the game, and Robinson admitted he was feeling rather full of himself when Cas brought him back to reality on the Saturday night flight home.