down-to-earth

[doun-too-urth, -tuh-]
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Origin of down-to-earth

First recorded in 1925–30

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British Dictionary definitions for down to earth

down-to-earth

adjective
  1. sensible; practical; realistic
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Word Origin and History for down to earth

down-to-earth

adj.

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

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Idioms and Phrases with down to earth

down to earth

1

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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