Idiom – Salt Of The Earth

English Idiom – Salt of the earth.

Meaning – This expression is used to refer to a person who is simple, honest and worthy. A very good person. Someone who is genuine and unpretentious.

This idiom is complimentary.

The idiom take something with a pinch of salt is used to remind someone listen to a story or explanation of something with reasonable doubt.


When could you use this idiom?

  • You are praising a kind and generous person who always puts others before themselves.
  • If you meet a movie star who enjoys spending time with fans.
  • Somebody you know spends free time helping those in need.
  • When someone is talking about a person who is humble and unassuming, despite their success.


  • “My favourite pop star was in the pub last night! She spent hours chatting with us and even bought a round, she’s the salt of the earth!”

In The News:

“She also described the conversation that was had with King Charles as he presented the medals. Janet said the King told the couple that people like them were “salt of the earth” and thanked them for their great work over the years.”


  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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