- (during an airborne stunt) the height between the ground and an athlete or an athlete with his or her equipment: The BMX course was designed for riders to get good air.
- such a jump or other airborne stunt: The snowboarder took first place with four clean airs.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for air
- to take a break from an unpleasant encounter or stifling environment: She walked away from the argument to get some air.
- to take a short rest.
- to be rejected, as by a lover.
- to be dismissed, as by an employer: He had worked only a few days when he got the air.
- to reject, as a lover: He was bitter because she gave him the air.
- to dismiss, as an employee.
- not broadcasting: The station goes off the air at midnight.
- not broadcast; out of operation as a broadcast: The program went off the air years ago.
- to go out-of-doors; take a short walk or ride.
- Slang. to leave, especially hurriedly.
- to begin broadcasting.
- Also in the air. undecided or unsettled: The contract is still up in the air.
- Informal. angry; perturbed: There is no need to get up in the air over a simple mistake.
Origin of air1
OTHER WORDS FROM airair·like, adjectiveun·aired, adjectivewell-aired, adjective
Words nearby air
British Dictionary definitions for in the air (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for in the air (2 of 3)
- a simple tune for either vocal or instrumental performance
- another word for aria
- in circulation; current
- in the process of being decided; unsettled
- informal agitated or excited
Word Origin for air
British Dictionary definitions for in the air (3 of 3)
Medical definitions for in the air
Scientific definitions for in the air
Idioms and Phrases with in the air (1 of 3)
In addition to the following idiom, also see castles in the air; leave hanging (in the air); nose in the air; up in the air.
Idioms and Phrases with in the air (2 of 3)
In circulation, in people's thoughts. For example, There's a rumor in the air that they're closing, or Christmas is in the air. [Second half of 1800s] Also see in the wind.
See up in the air. [Mid-1700s]
Idioms and Phrases with in the air (3 of 3)
In addition to the idiom beginning with air
- air one's grievances
- breath of fresh air
- castles in the air
- clear the air
- give someone the air
- hot air
- in the air
- into (out of) thin air
- nose in the air
- off the air
- put on airs
- up in the air
- walk on air
- wash (air) one's dirty linen