reality check


Definition of reality check 

: something that clarifies or serves as a reminder of reality often by correcting a misconception

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Russia were reduced to 10 men after 36 minutes when right-back Igor Smolnikov was sent off for two yellow cards in a match that will be a reality check for a team that easily won its first two matches. Chicago Tribune,, "Uruguay win group as Suarez inspires 3-0 win over 10-man Russia," 25 June 2018 But up next, the fight over the Supreme Court and a reality check on North Korea. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 8, 2018," 8 July 2018 Nevertheless, Cherchesov did manage to gain some positives from his side's defeat against Uruguay, which many would regard as a reality check after easy wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt., "'They Are on Another Level': Russia Manager Lauds Uruguay & Hails World Cup Defeat as 'Useful Slap'," 26 June 2018 But giddy Pace supporters can resume their party in the general manager’s honor after Wednesday’s brief reality check to examine why the Bears allowed another wide receiver to leave town without receiving anything in return. David Haugh,, "For just $1 million, Ryan Pace let Cam Meredith leave Bears for nothing in return," 11 Apr. 2018 Get a strong sense of what your options are — and consider pursuing some of them as a reality check. New York Times, "Protecting Your Reputation When You’re Ready to Go," 2 Feb. 2018 Soft Numbers, Semi-Facts Here’s another reality check. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Myths and Numbers," 17 June 2018 But Libra’s rep for harmonious ballroom interludes belies the hard work of reality checking our concepts of justice and alignment. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 16-22," 13 July 2018 In these nine pages, Orange does a reality check on American history, sharing the true accounts of massacres and beheadings, of cultural annihilation and appropriation (sports team mascots, anyone?). Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "'There There' weaves a powerful tale of contemporary urban Native Americans," 2 July 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reality check

: something which shows you that the real situation is different from what you believed or hoped

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