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feet on the ground

feet on the ground

Date: Mar 27 2008

Themes: Family, Pop Culture


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“We’ll just try to keep their feet on the ground and raise them with the values we were raised with.”

- Movie star Reese Witherspoon on raising her children. (Reader’s Digest)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

be realistic; think about reality; be aware of problems

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

Are you making a big decision? Well, before you decide, you should get your feet on the ground. It’s hard to figure something out if don’t know which way is up, and the only way to know that is to get your feet on the ground so you know which way is down. It keeps you in touch with reality and helps you figure out what is and is not possible. So it’s a compliment, when someone says your feet are on the ground.

But at the same time, it isn’t always fun to be stuck in reality. Every one has to dream from time to time. If your feet aren’t on the ground, there’s a good chance that your head is in the clouds. If your head is in the clouds it means you’re being unrealistic, illogical, and imaginative.

So you can pick. sometimes it is nice to not think about the real world and have your head in the cloud, but other times you need to have your feet on the ground.

One of those times would be when you’re raising your kids. Children are naturally imaginative, so they need someone to their parents to teach them about the world, parents with their feet on the ground. Reese Witherspoon wants to be a good parent, so she’s going to keep her feet on the ground.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“You are not going to marry Prince Charming, keep your feet on the ground!”

“She knows it takes hard work to get into Harvard. She has her feet on the ground.”

“I don’t dream about being rich someday. My feet are firmly planted on the ground!”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

sunrain08 keep humility
by sunrain08
Pavlionka to be practical
by Pavlionka
Leia_14 to keep one's FEET on the GROUND means to remain simple.
by Leia_14
ivna to keep your feet on the ground is to be realistic, to face life how it is without illusions
by ivna
_sergio_ to keep someone's feet on ground means to make him be realist
by _sergio_
If you are keeping your feet on the ground you're standing still. It's better to be a calm and sensible person in order to face any kind of problem or issue.
by Enrique Muñoz
pairwen it means to be grounded, have a purpose and be able to provide for yourself
by pairwen
to be practical
by Sabina(ladybird)
biaserena responsability
by biaserena
MissROSY it means to be practical or sumone who doesnt fall prey to temptation.I think by saying this she means that she doesnt want her children to get staggered or to be haughty.
by MissROSY
To be sensible and practical about one's situation.
by patricia_divina_velasquez
I think, to keep the feet on the ground, means to be realistic. If you're thinking that you will suddenly to win a fortune selling donas, you don't have your feet on the ground.
by vanessa montes
Cayra I guess is like to be sensible and practical about a situation. ♥peace!
by Cayra
Lily86 I think it means to be more realistic.
by Lily86
paty_lucu down to earth
by paty_lucu
stulok feet on the ground = reality, not dreaming
by stulok
To be mature, responsable, practical or realistic
by Julietta_Mza
Fofi To become able to cope with many situations, to be realistic, practical,straight-thinking.
by Fofi
juliebabe feet on the ground:down-to-earth,practical,reliable
by juliebabe
tainap be a realistic person realist
by tainap
Reptillia a realistic understanding of your own actions, ideas and decisions
by Reptillia
to be confident\practical
by if_i_refuse
by tugsbayr
ssrssd a realistic understanding of your own ideas, actions, and decisions
by ssrssd
zz-katee i.e. to consider things from realistic and sensible point of view,be practical
by zz-katee
I think it means that someone is realist and takes everything as it is.
by kiisuke07
luis_size to be modest
by luis_size
Yüksali to be strong for reality and solve problems.
by Yüksali
ljiljana to keep someone's feet on the ground means to keep them stable and keep their heads clear...
by ljiljana
Eydo an understanding of what can be done, sensible ideas.
by Eydo
To keep one's feet on the ground means that you stick to reality and remain reasonable even though something wild - like for instance fame - happens to you instead of walking around with your head in the clouds, thinking that you are a better person than other people
by DanishGirl
kheandz be humble....
by kheandz
Bossy16 Means to be realistic about things
by Bossy16
Understanding of reality and facing to challengers which we come across day in day out
by kaushalyats
kiojohn make sth real, and not fly into the air,which means unrealistic.So keep ones feet on the ground may means that keep sb. or sth. real or pratical.
by kiojohn
to plant one's feet on solid ground;be in earnest about doing sth.
by athenazhang
value things in the objective way
by anna banana

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be realistic

09:10 AM Sep 05 2016 |



Feet on the ground….To follow the way of nature, not the illussions, keeping the required task in your mind, and compare it with something else in the nature, so you can find out the correct way to do it….is to have your feet on the ground…

04:54 AM May 14 2015 |



I think feet on the ground means you do your things very carefully don’t disturb to other when you doing your work and you should do your work sencearly.

10:03 AM Jun 27 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

In some situations is better to keep your feet on the ground if u dont rest assured u will hurt!

06:21 AM Sep 13 2012 |


Viet Nam

in my opinion, to know who you really are and what you actually own is important when making a careful decision in life because it helps you know how much percent of your ability to achieve something, then you'll have a thorough plan to make it happen easily in a successful way. However, once in a while, having my head in the clouds makes me more imaginative and full of life, it's a good thing, why not!Laughing

03:12 PM Mar 18 2011 |


United Arab Emirates

keeping one's head in the cloud makes your life brighter but at the same time you become depressed if your plans do not work as you expect . So it will be better if you keep your feet on the ground and take things as they are .. 

08:35 PM Mar 09 2011 |



Viet Nam

I rarely want to keep my feet on the ground. Instead i'd rather have my head in the clouds. I tend to do crazy and unbelievable things coz i think I can make my life more interesting that way :D

05:29 PM Jan 23 2011 |




11:02 AM Nov 14 2010 |



United States

I always imagine to prepare very well for the class with all notes typed down nicely; It seems I have my head in the clouds. But I have to understand the constraint of time and keep my feet on the ground. 

05:21 PM Jul 29 2010 |


Costa Rica

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06:35 PM Jun 19 2010 |


Syrian Arab Republic

to deal with your life seriously


05:32 PM Apr 08 2010 |



sevaral month ago , my feet is not on the ground !

i dream of marry someone !

but her feet are on the ground too!

12:33 AM Jan 15 2010 |




Achievements can change anything. We should always keep our feet on the ground.

05:17 AM Oct 02 2009 |




we shouldn’t keep feet on the ground, cuz without imagination and big dreams, we cannot do anything, we can’t realize our big deals..:))

05:58 PM Apr 01 2008 |




we should keep our feet on the ground ~

04:17 PM Apr 01 2008 |



To keep the feet on the ground is really important, because everyone has many chances in the life

10:18 PM Mar 31 2008 |



to be a dowun to earth men or women

08:53 PM Mar 31 2008 |




keep my feet on the ground

03:25 PM Mar 31 2008 |

Bank Keith


Most of the time,people around notice me to keep my feet on the ground.

02:29 AM Mar 30 2008 |

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