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1. An assessment to determine if one's circumstances or expectations conform to reality.
2. An event that forces one to reassess one's expectations or one's understanding of one's situation.
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an occasion or opportunity to consider a matter realistically or honestly
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a corrective confronting of reality, in order to counteract one's expectations, prejudices, or the like.
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|Noun||1.||reality check - an occasion on which one is reminded of the nature of things in the real world; "this program is intended as a reality check for CEOs"; "after all those elaborate productions, I felt in need of a reality check"|
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