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reality check

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.
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reality check

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]
See also: check, reality

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.
See also: check, reality
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Coupled with the defeat at Bolton a few days earlier, it was a reality check in terms of how well Cardiff have done with the injury problems they have faced.
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After the past months' rally, which was primarily driven by improving sentiment rather than improving fundamentals, we see it as a reality check and remain cautious.
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It is reality check time, and we intend to evaluate precisely what the next steps will be," Kerry said.
Scunthorpe 0 Wimbledon 0 SCUNTHORPE stretched their unbeaten run to 10 games under new boss Russ Wilcox, but he felt the result was a reality check for his League leaders.
Kingston: The punishing 161-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka was difficult to digest and a "reality check" for his side, stand-in skipper Virat Kohli said as India suffered its second successive defeat in the tri-series.
WARREN GATLAND admitted the British and Irish Lions had been given "a reality check" after they lost their unbeaten Australia tour record yesterday.
NORTHBORO - The Northboro Rotary Club and the Algonquin PTO sponsored a Reality Check program for sophomores on June 5.
This issue's Reality Check! theme developed from a discussion at our annual board meeting.
Global Banking News-May 27, 2013--Danish central bank ask for reality check at biggest banks in country(C)2013 ENPublishing - http://www.enpublishing.co.uk