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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Give yourself a reality check with Remodeling magazine’s Cost. Joanne Cleaver,, "Your DIY home renovation project may actually lower its value. 10 things to know before you start the work.," 27 Aug. 2019 Frank Lampard has described Chelsea's 4-0 defeat to Manchester United as a 'reality check', but insisted that his side did not deserve to lose by such an emphatic margin., "Frank Lampard Admits 4-0 Defeat to Man Utd Is 'Reality Check' & Awaits Return of Injured Stars," 11 Aug. 2019 If history has not served as a strong enough reality check, perhaps ballots will. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "After El Paso, Mexico Takes a New Approach to Trump," 10 Aug. 2019 There was a jarring reality check in the Legislature last week for interest groups plotting to change Proposition 13 and raise property taxes on major businesses. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: Proposition 13 is a political third rail in California," 27 Aug. 2019 On a different note, Brittany Runs a Marathon has comedian Jillian Bell, who, after being hit with a reality check, tries to turn her life around by running a marathon. Lily Rosenberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "In Theaters This Week: Reviews of 'Angel Has Fallen,' 'Brittany Runs a Marathon,' 'Ready or Not' and More," 23 Aug. 2019 The bold move already seems to be going his way with Arsenal starting the Premier League season with two wins from two, whereas Chelsea suffered a harsh reality check in their humiliating 4-0 defeat to top four rivals Manchester United., "David Luiz Reveals How Honest Discussion With Frank Lampard Led to Chelsea Departure," 18 Aug. 2019 In one sense, the Colts did get something of a reality check in the snow and mud of Arrowhead Stadium. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "No longer underdogs, Colts turn to Chiefs playoff loss to fuel the fire," 24 July 2019 And although weathered economists will say that data and models determine policy, the stories are supposed to serve as reality checks. The Economist, "Low inflation means the Federal Reserve is changing whom it listens to," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of reality check

1960, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reality check

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

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