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Idiom:  Down-To-Earth;
used as an adjective.

First Example:  
“All the boys in Judy’s class love the new girl, Sabrina.  Unlike the other girls who only think about
celebrity news and gossip, Sabrina is a very friendly and down-to-earth girl who often values true friendship with others.”

Meaning:  Down-To-Earth refers to people who have
a sensible and practical character and/or personality.  In the example above, Sabrina is very popular
amongst the boys in her class because she has a very sensible personality and
values friendship above celebrity gossip. 
This idiom can apply to any person who has a very practical and sensible
personality.  This idiom is most often
used as an adjective when describing sensible people.

Here is another example:

Second Example:
“Everybody in the company admires the new General Manager,
Henry.  Thanks to his leadership and down-to-earth approach to solving
problems, every employee was able to get a bonus this year.”

Meaning: In this case, the idiom, Down-To-Earth, serves to describe Henry’s practical and sensible
decision-making ability.  Because Henry
has a very practical approach to solving problems, the company was able to
provide their employees with a bonus for the year.  In this example, the idiom is being used as
an adjective.

This idiom is from the book “The Idiom Adventure –
Fluency in Speaking and Listening,” which is used as supplementary
material in LSI’s Intermediate Conversation classes.

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