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come back (down) to earth

To regain a realistic view of or attitude about something. Those newlyweds think that marriage is utterly blissful, but they'll come back to earth soon enough.
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come back (down) to earth (or bring someone back (down) to earth)

return or make someone return suddenly to reality after a period of daydreaming or euphoria.
2003 Guardian When you start to believe you're in with a shout, the big boys have a nasty habit of bringing you down to earth with a bump.
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The space age spectacle begins with an exploding supernova, features the creation of humanity and then takes the audience on a lightning tour of the planets before coming back to earth for a festival of light.
The first spacewalk, scheduled for Tuesday, will be to replace a tank of ammonia coolant and retrieve two European science experiments that will be coming back to Earth for analysis.
Dutch giant ING came to the rescue of Kaupthing customers but, after enjoying some market-leading rates with Kaupthing, these savers are coming back to earth with a bump.
After a run up in hurricane- and tsunami-related fund-raising, several NPT 100 disaster relief organizations are coming back to Earth. At least six disaster relief organizations, including the Salvation Army, MAP International, Samaritan's Purse, Direct Relief International, Medical Teams International and Catholic Medical Mission Board, experienced revenue declines in FY '06, some even dropping from the top 100.
The recent amazing color images of Mars and other planets coming back to Earth thanks to NASA's advances in imaging make Celmins's lunar landscapes seem like documents of the early days of space exploration.
By Tom Incantalupo Although prices for most collectible Detroit muscle cars have been coming back to Earth, Americans' love for these beauties from the 1960s and early '70s seems still to be intensifying.
* The bad news is she'll be coming back to Earth again afterwards
Their song, suspended for a moment in the air, and from there, coming back to earth, brings to mind a waterfall curtain.
On the matter of angels, she says the United States is ahead of us in that it is already holding angel workshops to help people connect with angels but that angels are going to be a growing phenomenon over here - and unicorns are coming back to Earth to help as well.
We await his coming back to earth at the end of time, when faithful Christians and Muslims will fight side by side in a huge battle."
In fact what their equipment had picked up was the sound of Tranmere Rovers fans coming back to earth with a resounding thump.