Get real


An exhortation to be sane and sensible: John, are you going fishing this weekend? Be real, Smitty, I have to study for a test (1980s+ College students)


An exhortation to be sensible, to eschew illusion: ”I’ll trade them for your Reuben Kincaid sleep goggles.” ”Get real, pal”/ Be real, Smitty, I have to study for a test/ What other city has both a large number of Quaker activists and a dreadlocked black cult whose house the city has bombed? Get real (1970s+)
Be realistic, understand what’s going on, as in You think you’ll win the lottery if you buy one ticket a week? Get real! [ ; second half of 1900s ]


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  • Get small

    verb phrase To disappear; disperse and vanish; MAKE oneself SCARCE: Those suspects got small in a hurry (1980s+ Police)

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    verb phrase To become wisely aware of one’s situation, the possibilities, etc; wise up: Tell him if he doesn’t get smart he’ll get clobbered (1940s+)

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