down to earth


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down-to-earth

Unpretentious and sensible. I was surprised that she was so sweet and down-to-earth, given her considerable wealth.

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]
2. 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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down to earth

COMMON If you are down to earth, you are very realistic and practical. They think she's too glamorous and won't want to speak to them but actually she's very friendly and very down to earth. He is blunt, outspoken, practical and down to earth. Note: You can use down-to-earth before a noun. Everyone liked her down-to-earth approach to life. They came across as natural, down-to-earth people, just as they do on TV. Compare with have your head in the clouds.
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For properties that just require simple maintenance and a facelift, Down to Earth Landscapes is happy to create comprehensive plan to spruce up the existing lawn and garden by pruning hedges, treating the lawn and adding color in strategic areas.
Using the metaphor of the garden, A Down To Earth Bible Study For Growing In God's Kingdom by Joanne Taylor (a dedicated Christian who creates and maintains gardens for her clients in the suburbs of Philadelphia and teaches inner-city children the joys of gardening though the "Grow in Peace" program) is unique biblical studies workbook that combines day-to-day gardening tips with biblical concepts with the gardening oriented imagery, language, and tasks of reaping and sowing, weathering storms, planting seeds, etc.
Currently a great deal of theology hovers above, floats in the air, without that existential anchor in the world of creation, without being down to earth, contextual in the real sense of the word.
DOWN TO EARTH Recognition that an environmental change such as space flight or bed rest could trigger a full-blown medical syndrome in otherwise healthy people has prompted more physicians to recognize orthostatic intolerance in their patients, Levine notes.
This book is the first featuring Down to Earth and I would not mind seeing more of it in the future.
The Web site's Information for Public and Media page provides links to information such as secretariat press releases, educational information kits for classroom use, books, posters, images, and the Down to Earth newsletter.
I was amazed to discover questions I'd had for years answered in a simple, down to earth manner.
The Dalziel And Pascoe actor was able to show his more tender side during the filming of his latest role in the BBC's new rural drama Down To Earth.
It later rose as high a share before settling back down to earth at $40 in early June.
It shows not only the cutting-edge research being done by the nations top technologists, but also the practical benefits that come back down to Earth in the form of tangible products that makes lives better.
Now, more than three months later, both Eugene Coin and Jewelry and Down to Earth, a nearby home and garden store also damaged by the fire, have announced plans to reopen soon.
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Down to Earth is an organic food brand from the house of Morarka Organics, a result of 12 years of organic food research and development.
Down to earth products are manufactured using either sustainable sources or recycled materials and have been produced to ensure that all parts are biodegradable or recyclable.