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 check or review to 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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