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Intermediate level

Down to earth

Episode 200306 / 06 Mar 2020

DOWN TO EARTH

Someone who is down to earth is practical, sensible, and realistic. They are not pretentious or focussed on imaginary matters. They ‘have their feet on the ground’, which is another expression meaning the same.

It is unsurprising that, because if we can touch earth, it is real to us. In contrast, dreams and the imagination are in the sky! If someone has their head in the clouds, they are not realistic – and so not down to earth!

Example Sentences

  • He’s very down to earth. You couldn’t ask for a better project manager. He never misses a deadline.
  • Signing a prenuptial agreement before you got married shows what a down-to-earth couple you both are!
  • Awarding the ferry contract to a company that doesn’t actually own any ferries wasn’t very down-to-earth thinking was it? Get our money back!

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