burst bubble

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burst (one's) bubble

To bring someone back to reality, especially if they are dreaming or fantasizing about something unrealistic. Look, I hate to burst your bubble, but there is no way you're getting into Harvard! You're a C student!
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burst (someone's) bubble

To disprove, ruin, or eliminate someone's fantasy, delusion, misbelief, or recent happiness. Sorry to burst your bubble, Janet, but Sarah only went out on a date with you to make Suzie jealous. I'm happy you won, and I don't mean to burst your bubble while you're celebrating, but your opponent could use some encouragement.
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burst someone's bubble

Fig. to destroy someone's illusion or delusion; to destroy someone's fantasy. I hate to burst your bubble, but Columbus did not discover Canada. Even if you think I am being foolish, please don't burst my bubble.
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By way of consolation, however, a percentage cheque for more than the cost of a new pair of Church's is soon to be nestling in the Tregoning current account - just reward for a spot of course walking that may have made the difference between an unbeaten record and another burst bubble.
Laboring under the twin burdens of international uncertainty sparked by terrorists and their client states and the burst bubble economy of the 1990s, the American economy desperately needs both intelligent tax relief of the sort proposed by the President and greater budget discipline.
The burst bubble is in the past and the beginnings of a recovery are at hand.
Cyprus's economy may still not be bubble-free, even as it is about to complete the reform programme agreed with its creditors aiming at repairing causes and the symptoms of burst bubbles in the banking and real estate sectors, a prominent economist said.
NOEL CONNORS is on a mission is to burst Bubbles - but admits it's one of the toughest tasks in hurling.
Improvement more likely than not and entered in Coronation Stakes, but facing some promising fillies and this track has a tendency to burst bubbles.
01% are invulnerable to economic ups and downs, while those in the middle still feel the effects of burst bubbles and stagnant growth.