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an individual or group considered as representative of the best or noblest elements of society.

salt of the Earth definition

Basic, fundamental goodness; the phrase can be used to describe any simple, good person: “I like Mary: she’s reliable, trustworthy, and straightforward; she’s the salt of the Earth.” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells his followers, who are mainly fishermen and other simple people, “Ye are the salt of the Earth.”


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    noun 1. a shallow basin, usually in a desert region, containing salt, gypsum, etc, that was deposited from an evaporated salt lake

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