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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Now for the reality check: Only four movies in the 90-year history of the Academy Awards have won best picture without being nominated for best director. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "To Handicap Best Picture, Check Out This Other Oscar Category," 22 Jan. 2019 The failure of Rethink Robotics provides a valuable reality check for people worried about robots rendering human factory workers obsolete. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Groundbreaking maker of gentle factory robots shuts down," 8 Oct. 2018 The attack is a reality check, said Ian McCartney, acting deputy commissioner for national security at the Australian Federal Police. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Melbourne Attacker Was Inspired by ISIS, Police Say," 9 Nov. 2018 On FOX News: FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Half of millennials expect to become millionaires; author Chris Hogan has a reality check and some tips for young people on cleaning up their finances. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump suggests he 'could run' Mueller probe; MTV's VMAs turn into Trump bash-fest," 21 Aug. 2018 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

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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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