reality check


reality check

noun

  1. a corrective confronting of reality, in order to counteract one’s expectations, prejudices, or the like.

noun

  1. an occasion or opportunity to consider a matter realistically or honestly

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]

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