burst (one's) 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

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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burst someone's bubble

If someone or something bursts your bubble, they stop you being so happy or satisfied. A terrible defeat in Saturday's match burst their bubble. Costa burst her bubble, telling her that her boyfriend had been arrested.
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burst someone's bubble

shatter someone's illusions about something or destroy their sense of well-being.
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ˌburst somebody’s ˈbubble

bring an end to somebody’s hopes, happiness, etc: Things are going really well for him. I just hope nothing happens to burst his bubble.
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Swansea were on course for their first shut-out in 32 visits to West Ham when Diafra Sakho burst their bubble, and the keeper - who had needed treatment after being clattered by Carroll as they contested a cross - found the result more painful.
MICHAEL McGOVERN reckons Dumbarton are the form team in the Championship but hopes to burst their bubble today to get Falkirk back on track.
Keith Hill's in-form side had started to dream of a second successive promotion, but striker Simpson burst their bubble in the 79th minute.
Zinedine Zidane has scored three goals so far and Thierry Henry opened his account with a brace in the 3-1 triumph over Switzerland on Monday, and the Greeks could struggle to burst their bubble.
But while the Toon Army are sitting pretty in third Everton are an attractive price to burst their bubble today.
But Beckford soon burst their bubble with his 33rd goal in as many starts this season, while he nearly added a second with an overhead kick that flashed just over the bar.
But all is fair in love and war and the Republic of Ireland boss is out to burst their bubble in Dublin on Monday night.
Let's not burst their bubble by telling them that we knew that already.
Having been on such an impressive run from the start, Leitrim's surprise loss to Waterford last time out has removed the safety net and might have burst their bubble.
Well I don't want to burst their bubble because there are enough unwanted pregnancies, but shouldn't we be getting the credit here?