One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Return (or cause someone to return) to reality after a period of daydreaming or excitement.‘a sharp knock at the door brought him back to earth’
compose oneself, recover one's composure, regain one's composure, control oneself, recover one's self-control, regain one's self-control, pull oneself together, keep one's head, simmer down, cool down, cool off, take it easyView synonyms
- ‘I am indescribably relieved that Ma has come back down to earth - it is now possible to have a conversation with her like a normal person.’
- ‘The only trouble with this form of mental escape is that sooner or later you must come back to earth, the jolt of this being pretty terrific.’
- ‘I've got such a buzz at the moment I don't know when I'll come back down to earth.’
- ‘The problem with holidays is coming back to earth afterwards.’
- ‘It's only after leaving the shop that you have to come back down to earth.’
- ‘Sarah said: ‘It has been an opportunity to relax and come to terms with what Sally and I have achieved before returning home and coming back down to earth.’’
- ‘They've just come back after winning an Olympic gold medal so they are going to be on a high, but they have also got to come back down to earth.’
- ‘It's been a really hectic few days, and I'm only now beginning to come back down to earth.’
- ‘This is by far the best prize we have ever won and I think it will take quite a while to come back down to earth.’
- ‘I get really lost in a piece of work and come back to earth with a bump when I have to stop.’
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