- practical and realistic: a down-to-earth person.
Origin of down-to-earth
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- sensible; practical; realistic
Word Origin and History for down to earth
also down to earth, as an adjectival phrase, attested from 1932.
Idioms and Phrases with down to earth
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]
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]