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reality check

noun [C usually singular] uk   us  
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
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