salt of the earth

the salt of the earth (someone who is ordinary but good and honest; down to earth, humble, not proud; hard working) -- соль земли; простые работящие люди;

Example 1: I like Jane because she's so down to earth, so natural. She's the salt of the earth.

Example 2: The Browns are plain, decent people -- the salt of the earth.

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'the salt of the earth' is now used to describe 'a person or persons of great kindness, reliability or honesty'. People like lollipop ladies and shepherds. This backs up another claim for the origin of the saying.

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