get real


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get real

To realize or accept the truth; to be realistic or practical. Often used as an imperative. I hope the government gets real about the homelessness problem and starts taking it seriously. We need to get real about this project and stop coming up with silly pipedreams. Oh, get real—there's no way you got the job over the CEO's son, no matter how qualified you are.
See also: get, real
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Get real!

Inf. Start acting realistically! Hey, chum! You are way off base! Get real! Get real! Wake up to reality!
See also: get
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

get real

Be realistic, understand what's going on, as in You think you'll win the lottery if you buy one ticket a week? Get real! [Slang; second half of 1900s]
See also: get, real
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

get real

INFORMAL
If you tell someone to get real, you mean that they must accept the true facts of a situation. Oh get real, honey. He's never going to marry you.
See also: get, real
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

get real!

used to convey that an idea or statement is foolish or overly idealistic. informal, chiefly North American
1995 Jayne Miller Voxpop You might think living in a garret and starving for your art is wonderful, but get real!
See also: get
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get ˈreal

(informal) used to tell somebody that they are behaving in a stupid or unreasonable way: You really think people are going to listen to your crazy ideas? Get real!
See also: get, real
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Get real!

exclam. Start acting realistically! (see also Get a life!.) Hey, chum! You are way off base! Get real!
See also: get
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

get real

Be realistic, see things as they are. This slangy imperative from the second half of the twentieth century is often used to disabuse someone of a mistaken or fanciful notion. For example, “Win a new car by filling out those forms? Get real!”
See also: get, real
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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