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get real

American English INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase get real

Meaning

You can say this if someone says something that's impossible or unrealistic.

For example

  • "I'm going to be a movie star one day."
    "A movie star? Hah! Get real, will you!"

  • "Why not let company's regulate themselves?"
    "Get real! They'd do all sorts of damage if the government didn't regulate them."

Variety

This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

Adam said "Get real!" after his sister said, "I'm going to

a. make up a story."

b. marry a prince."

c. read Cinderella."

Contributor: Matt Errey