the salt of the earth

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the salt of the earth

: a very good and honest person or group of people
  • These folks are the salt of the earth.

Word by Word Definitions

salt play
  1. : a crystalline compound NaCl that consists of sodium chloride, is abundant in nature, and is used especially to season or preserve food or in industry —called also common salt

  2. : a substance (such as Glauber's salt) resembling common salt

  3. : a mineral or saline mixture (such as Epsom salts) used as an aperient or cathartic

  1. : to treat, provide, or season with common salt

  2. : to preserve (food) with salt or in brine

  3. : to supply (an animal) with salt

  1. : saline, salty

  2. : being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is suggestive of seawater — compare bitter, sour, sweet

  3. : cured or seasoned with salt : salted

  1. : lustful, lascivious

earth play
  1. : the fragmental material composing part of the surface of the globe

  2. : the sphere of mortal life as distinguished from spheres of spirit life — compare heaven, hell

  3. : areas of land as distinguished from sea and air

  1. : to drive to hiding in the earth

  2. : to draw soil about (plants)

  3. : ground


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