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English definition of “reality check”

reality check

noun [C usually singular]    
an occasion that causes you to consider the facts about a situation and not your opinions , ideas , or beliefs : The recent failure of so many internet businesses has provided a reality check for those who predicted huge profits .Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset
(Definition of reality check noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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