Reality-check



noun
1.
a corrective confronting of reality, in order to counteract one’s expectations, prejudices, or the like.
noun
1.
an occasion or opportunity to consider a matter realistically or honestly

noun phrase

A confirmation of fact, esp when compared with fantasy: Proxmire’s pronouncements provided a reality check on spending requests (1990s+)
An assessment to determine if one’s circumstances or expectations conform to reality, as in Time for a reality check—wasn’t this supposed to be a money-making enterprise? [ ; second half of 1900s ]

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