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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.
Inf. Start acting realistically! Hey, chum! You are way off base! Get real! Get real! Wake up to reality!
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]
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.
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!
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!
exclam. Start acting realistically! (see also Get a life!.) Hey, chum! You are way off base! 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!”