Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
bite of the reality sandwich
Recognition of certain delusions, flaws, or misconceptions regarding a particular situation or task at hand. Most often used as office jargon in a business or place of work. I know you think this new product will solve all of our problems, but you really need to take a bite of the reality sandwich. If Becky still thinks she's getting that promotion, even though she's late every day, she seriously needs a bite of the reality sandwich!
bring (one) back to reality
To cause one who is fantasizing or being overly optimistic to remember or consider the true nature of something. Someone needs to bring him back to reality because there's no way he's getting into that school with his mediocre grades. I was excited to book a vacation until my nearly-depleted bank account brought me back to reality.
detached from reality
Psychologically, emotionally, or intellectually separated from the outside world or from realistic, logical thought. When my mental illness was at its worst, I became completely detached from reality. The council's plan to build an interstate through the middle of town is just nonsense, it's completely detached from reality!
Actually; really; in fact. A lot of people believe the total number to be low, when, in reality, it's the highest it's ever been.
lose touch with reality
To no longer have a firm or clear understanding of real life; to lose one's ability for clear, rational thought. A possessive pronoun can be used between "lose" and "reality." The poor guy sort of lost touch with reality after the death of his children. I feel like I'm losing my touch with reality lately—I think I might need to see a psychiatrist.
nothing could be further from (something)
What we are discussing is the complete opposite of something. They claim that the tax overhaul was designed with lower- and middle-class earners in mind, but nothing could be further from the truth! Nothing could be further from reality—I have never accepted bribes in my entire career.
An event or outcome that forces one to accept or reevaluate the reality of one's position or situation. I think the government's latest round of legislation is a reality check to those still holding onto the belief that they had lower-class citizens' best interests in mind. The loss against Scotland is bound to be a reality check for England that they need to rethink their strategy on the field.
reality of the situation
What is actually happening in or true about a particular situation or scenario. The reality of the situation is that the company will go bankrupt in the next three years if we don't significantly improve our revenue streams. I know you're worried about him, but the reality of the situation is that he's just a toddler going through a bit of a boisterous phase.
take a bite of the reality sandwich
To recognize and address certain delusions, flaws, or misconceptions regarding a particular situation or task at hand. Most often used as office jargon in a business or place of work. I know you think this new product will solve all of our problems, but you really need to take a bite of the reality sandwich.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
bring someone back to reality
to force someone to face reality. The rain shower brought her back to reality. Liz was brought back to reality by a rude shock.
viewing things realistically; really. Jane dreamed it was snowing, but in reality, it was very warm. John looks happy, but in reality, he is miserable.
lose touch with reality
to began to think unrealistically; to become unrealistic. I am so overworked that I am losing touch with reality. The psychotic criminal had lost touch with reality.
reality of the situation
the truth or actuality of the situation; the way the situation really is. The reality of the situation is that we must act right now. Let's face the reality of the situation and go out and get jobs so we can pay our bills.
Fig. computer imaging that attempts to mimic real scenes or places. The movie had so much virtual reality that the regular photographic scenes began to look funny.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Actually, in fact, as in He may seem slow to you, but in reality he's very intelligent. [Second half of 1600s]
An assessment to determine if one's circumstances or expectations conform to reality, as in Time for a reality check-wasn't this supposed to be a money-making enterprise? [Slang; second half of 1900s]
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.
a reality check
COMMON A reality check is something that forces you to accept the truth of a situation. This defeat is a reality check after two victories against reasonably good opposition. Today's poll is a reality check for those who believe that the government faces certain defeat.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
in reˈalityused to say that a situation is different from what has just been said or from what people believe: Outwardly she looked confident but in reality she felt extremely nervous.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
In fact; actually.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.