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reality Idioms & Phrases


in reality

  • adverb used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly
    actually.
    • you may actually be doing the right thing by walking out
    • she actually spoke Latin
    • they thought they made the rules but in reality they were only puppets
    • people who seem stand-offish are in reality often simply nervous
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reality check

  • noun an occasion on which one is reminded of the nature of things in the real world
    • this program is intended as a reality check for CEOs
    • after all those elaborate productions, I felt in need of a reality check
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reality principle

  • noun (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the ego; the principle that as a child grows it becomes aware of the real environment and the need to accommodate to it
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virtual reality

  • noun a hypothetical three-dimensional visual world created by a computer; user wears special goggles and fiber optic gloves etc., and can enter and move about in this world and interact with objects as if inside it
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