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 In the two games since, they have been given a reality check, a lesson on how much growth is required. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers deliver worst performance of season in 114-95 loss to Philadelphia 76ers: Chris Fedor’s instant analysis," 17 Nov. 2019 But, time for a second reality check: at this point, the Ducks don’t have a marquee victory on their resume. oregonlive, "Before we can talk about Oregon making the CFP the Ducks have to beat ... Oregon State: Issues & Answers," 3 Nov. 2019 The results are a reality check on recent pronouncements that the world still has time to meet the Paris goals, said Steven Davis, an Earth systems scientist at UC Irvine and an author of the study, published Monday in the journal Nature. Julia Rosen,, "To meet Paris climate targets, some power plants may need to take an early retirement," 1 July 2019 Florida 24, Auburn 13 was a reality check for Malzahn and his Tigers. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Auburn is flawed, and maybe fatally," 6 Oct. 2019 The Summer of Coco might be over, but the hype—even after Saturday’s reality check—is only growing. Stanley Kay,, "Naomi Osaka–Coco Gauff U.S. Open Showdown Preludes Exciting Future of Tennis," 1 Sep. 2019 Ford’s huge sales lead is in no danger of evaporating, but the Ram 1500 represents a reality check for the entire truck segment. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares 2019 Ford F-150 and Ram 1500," 7 Aug. 2019 In a hard reality check for Los Angeles County’s multibillion-dollar hope of ending homelessness, officials reported Tuesday that the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles and in shelters increased by about 12% over last year. Doug Smith,, "Homelessness jumps 12% in L.A. County and 16% in the city; officials ‘stunned’," 4 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of reality check

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Reality check.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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