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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