1. Fig. direct, frank, and honest. •

You can depend on Ann. She's very down-to-earth.

It's good that she's down-to-earth and will give us a frank response.

2. Fig. practical; not theoretical; not fanciful. •

Her ideas for the boutique are always very down-to-earth.

The committee's plans for the village are anything but down-toearth.

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{adj.} Showing good sense; practical. * /The committee's first plan for the party was too fancy, but the second was more down-to-earth./ * /Mr. Jenkins never seems to know what is happening around him, but his wife is friendly and down-to-earth./ Compare: COME BACK TO EARTH.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.