down-to-earth

down-to-earth

adj. facing reality squarely; guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory. Opposite of idealistic, unrealistic, impractical, and pie-in-the-sky.
Syn. -- hardheaded, hard-nosed, practical, pragmatic.
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Down"trod`

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Down"trod`den

(?), } a. Trodden down; trampled down; abused by superior power. Shak.

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Down"ward

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Down"wards

(?), } adv. [AS. adnweard. See Down, adv., and -ward.] 1. From a higher place to a lower; in a descending course; as, to tend, move, roll, look, or take root, downward or downwards. "Looking downwards." Pope.
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Their heads they downward bent.
Drayton.
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2. From a higher to a lower condition; toward misery, humility, disgrace, or ruin.
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And downward fell into a groveling swine.
Milton.
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3. From a remote time; from an ancestor or predecessor; from one to another in a descending line.
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A ring the county wears,
That downward hath descended in his house,
From son to son, some four or five descents.
Shak.
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