reality check

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - reality check

"reality check"

the process of comparing your perceptions of a situation to the actual reality of the situation


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - reality check

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am so excited about my around-the-world tour scheduled for next year.

Friend 2:  Oh, ya?  How much money have you got saved?

Friend 1:  I've got about a thousand dollars so far.

Friend 2:  How much money are you saving?

Friend 1:  One hundred dollars every two weeks.

Friend 2:  And how much is the trip?

Friend 1:  Eight thousand dollars.

Friend 2:  Maybe it's time for a reality check. A hundred dollars every two weeks for a year is only five thousand two hundred dollars. Plus you'll need at least two thousand dollars for spending money and incidentals.

Friend 1:  Oh.  I guess I need to save more, then.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - reality check

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I'm sure that I'll get this promotion. It is finally my turn.

Colleague 2Reality check time. You've been with the company for eight years now and have been passed over for promotion four times. Do you really think that you'll get the promotion?

Colleague 1:  I suppose not.

Colleague 2:  Maybe it's time to look for another job.

Colleague 1:  I think you're right.

reality check - Usage:


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reality check - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for reality check.

reality check - Examples:

1)  ... just to keep myself grounded; it helped to take a reality check while I was churning away in the rarefied climate of my crowd-control simulations.

2)  A single crack of gunfire dealt me a reality check.

3)  Fill these kids heads with the fictitious lie of the American dream for a reality check of a mountain of college debt that you can't file bankruptcy on.

4)  Last year my raise was 2%, so teachers need to get a reality check.

5)  You need to get a reality check because you have turned yourself into a joke.

6)  Only the "modern world" (desperately) needs this reality check -- the rest of the world already well knows how serious things are.

7)  ... accepts criticism gives himself a chance to dwell deep into his shortcomings and take a reality check.

8)  Give yourself a reality check. Visualize what will happen if you give in to the urge to gamble ...

9)  We met Johnathan Briggs, our business advisor who gave us the reality check we needed to take our student hats off and become business women.

10)  Medicare is in trouble. Let's start off with a reality check: Medicare has major financial challenges. As the population gets older, and ...

11)  And she stressed that investors "should listen to the market" as a reality check on what's happening in the economy.

12)  Do a financial reality check. Consider the cost to you of not going to the gym.

13)  Sara, that isn't just interesting, it's a really nice reality check for me. I feel like I'm behind in all my plans ...

14)  ... and he can thereby get an objective reality check... and hopefully work through a lot of issues.

15)  ... is the most humbling place in the world. Even I myself, need a reality check once in a while to be reminded that I am not the only one ...

16)  Mid-Life Fitness Seeing a photo of himself during the holidays was Simon's reality check. His beer gut was getting in the way of life.

17)  I work as a clinical psychologist. What hasn't been voiced here is the reality check far too many are procrastinating on receiving-but one whose time eventually comes.

18)  Tim, your book is truly inspiring. Not only has it given me a reality check but it has also pushed me to start developing a business idea ...

19)  An honest assessment (REAL REALITY CHECK) is the only way to determine when and/or if one is prepared to ...

20)  And then I got a reality check. Guess what: it's not that easy.