reality check


Definition of reality check

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

Examples of reality check in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the coronavirus pandemic also has delivered a reality check. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "New Samsung Galaxy smartphones arriving Jan. 29 include S21 Ultra model with five cameras," 15 Jan. 2021 For those who just don’t want to wear their masks anymore, Weske has a simple reality check. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Front lines brace for inevitable surge in hospitalizations," 5 Dec. 2020 Cassie's ability to wield the power of her own stare, turning an on-the-nose experience for women and femme-presenting individuals into a darkly funny reality check. Ilana Kaplan, Marie Claire, "The Pop Queens of 'Promising Young Woman'," 28 Dec. 2020 But over the following days, his thrill turned into a reality check. oregonlive, "Why would state prison inmates turn down an offer for early release during pandemic?," 20 Dec. 2020 But the company's third quarter earnings, released earlier this week, should be a reality check for investors. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "AstraZeneca’s stock is soaring on COVID, but the pandemic has dented its growth," 6 Nov. 2020 Just like my advice for gauging the scope of your gym space, this is a reality check. Dana Santas, CNN, "How to set up a home gym space that works for you," 28 Nov. 2020 In a dire reality check for their community, Butte-Silver Bow Health Department officials in Montana are asking people with mild coronavirus symptoms to consider staying home rather than getting a test. Washington Post, "Pfizer to seek emergency authorization of its coronavirus vaccine Friday," 19 Nov. 2020 And right now is the time for everybody to really take a reality check. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Eddie Jackson speaks up after Chicago Bears’ latest loss," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of reality check

1960, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jan 2021

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“Reality check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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