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 With so much innovation on the horizon, inflation is the reality check. Greg Maloney, Forbes, 2 June 2022 The five-game losing streak was a harsh reality check. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2022 The crash has been a reality check for Bitcoin evangelists. New York Times, 11 May 2022 Stepping back for a reality check is essential when managing business and when managing our own stress. Rachel Yarcony, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Season 2 hinges on a different sort of reality check. The New Yorker, 26 Mar. 2022 The Cyclones got a bit of a reality check once Big 12 play rolled around, but T.J. Otzelberger’s first season as the head man in Ames must still be considered a huge success. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2022 Maybe a reality check is too much to ask for at a political convention, which are typically little more than partisan pep rallies designed to fire up the faithful to go back to their communities and do the same. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar. 2022 For casual users of these services, a reality check could come in the form of a credit-report ding. J.j. Mccorvey, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reality check

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Reality check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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