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Difference between Down to earth and Down to the ground

down to earthpragmatic; realistic:

  • The committee will include some down-to-earth people who know something about what goes on.

down to the ground—(coll.)

1. thoroughly; completely:

  • He looks as if he could be trusted down to the ground.

2. said of smth. that is very typical of a person:

  • He made some rude remarks, but then that’s Bill down to the ground.