down to earth

down-to-earth

[doun-too-urth, -tuh-]
adjective
practical and realistic: a down-to-earth person.

Origin:
1925–30


hard-headed, sensible, sober, pragmatic.
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down-to-earth
 
adj
sensible; practical; realistic

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down-to-earth
also down to earth, as an adj. phrase, attested from 1932.
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down to earth

Back to reality. For example, It's time the employees were brought down to earth concerning the budget. P.G. Wodehouse had this idiom in Very Good, Jeeves! (1930): "I had for some little time been living . . . in another world. I now came down to earth with a bang." [Late 1920s]

  1. Also, down-to-earth. Realistic or interested in everyday occurrences, as in She is a very down-to-earth person, not at all involved with the glamour of Hollywood. [1930s]

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