reality-check

reality check

noun
a corrective confronting of reality, in order to counteract one's expectations, prejudices, or the like.

Origin:
1970–75

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reality check
 
n
an occasion or opportunity to consider a matter realistically or honestly

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reality check

n.
1. The simplest kind of test of software or hardware; doing the equivalent of asking it what 2 + 2 is and seeing if you get
4. The software equivalent of a smoke test.
2. The act of letting a real user try out prototype software. Compare sanity check.
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