from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An assessment to determine if one's circumstances or expectations conform to reality.
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- noun a
checkor reviewto make sure something is consistent, reasonable, etc.
- noun idiomatic a
wake-up call, reminder
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an occasion on which one is reminded of the nature of things in the real world
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