the salt of the earth

the salt of the earth
   coль зeмли [этим. библ.]
    We no longer accept these country gentlemen, these opulent ladies who drive about in barouches, as the salt of the earth, and their behaviour too often strikes us as vulgar and trivial (W. S. Maugham). So has closed the life of a working-class woman and mother typical of millions, their names never heard of, save in their own homes, but they are in truth the salt of the earth (H. Pollitt)

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  • (the) salt of the earth — the salt of the earth phrase an ordinary person who is respected because they are honest and good Thesaurus: ordinary people or personsynonym Main entry: salt * * * the salt of the ˈearth idiom a very good and honest person that you can always… …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) salt of the earth — the best people. Farmers were described as the best, the salt of the earth, particularly when their products were needed to feed the army. Etymology: based on the high value salt had in the past, and used in the Bible …   New idioms dictionary

  • the salt of the earth — ► the salt of the earth a person of great goodness and strength of character. [ORIGIN: with reference to the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5.] Main Entry: ↑salt …   English terms dictionary

  • the salt of the earth — a person or group of people of great kindness, reliability, or honesty Origin: with biblical allusion to Matt 5:13 * * * the salt of the earth see ↑salt, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑earth the salt of the earth : a very good and honest pers …   Useful english dictionary

  • the salt of the earth — Meaning Origin From The Bible. Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • the salt of the earth — common people; honest, hard working people    The Swensons are plain, decent people the salt of the earth …   English idioms

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  • Salt of the earth — may refer to:* One of the metaphors of Salt and Light that occurs in the Sermon on the Mount according to the New Testament. ** Humble and unpretentious people: Salt and Light#Cultural references. * Salting the earth, the practice of spreading… …   Wikipedia

  • salt of the earth — {n. phr.}, {informal} One who helps to make society good and wholesome; a basically good or valuable person. * /Everyone here considers Syd and Susan the salt of the earth because they are so generous./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • salt of the earth — {n. phr.}, {informal} One who helps to make society good and wholesome; a basically good or valuable person. * /Everyone here considers Syd and Susan the salt of the earth because they are so generous./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • salt of the earth — People who are salt of the earth are decent, dependable and unpretentious …   The small dictionary of idiomes


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