Air Idioms and Phrases in English

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Here you will learn air idioms and phrases that you can use in your conversational English. 

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Air Idioms and Phrases in English

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So what am I going to talk to you about today? Today, I’m going to look at English idioms and these idioms are connected with air.

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You’ve got to make sure that you pronounce ‘air’ without an H.

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So we’re going to look at air idioms and phrases. 

The first one is 

up in the air

Meaning: something is disorganised, hasn’t been decided, or you just don’t know what to do


👩‍🦱 When are you going to get that new position?

👨‍🦰 I don’t know, everything is a bit up in the air at the moment.

Things are a bit up in the air for me, I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life.

full of hot air

Meaning: they talk rubbish, nonsense, or they just go on and on and on


Don’t listen to him, he is full of hot air. He doesn’t really know what he’s talking about.

Air Idioms and Phrases in English

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a breath of fresh air

Meaning: something new, something invigorating, bright and bubbly


These two new recruits are like a breath of fresh air, they always have new ideas.

into or out of thin air 

Meaning: something happens very suddenly, unexpectedly, or you don’t know how it happened


I can’t find my car keys. It seems that they have just disappeared into thin air.

OMG, where did you come from? You’ve appeared out of thin air.

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something is in the air 

Meaning: something is happening but we’re not quite sure what it is


Hmm, something is in the air. I’m not sure, but I hope somebody tells me soon.

to clear the air 

Meaning: to explain a misunderstanding or to discuss a situation in order to make it less tense


I just want to clear the air and say a few words about that.

Air Idioms and Phrases in English

(to have your) nose in the air

Meaning: to act a little bit arrogantly, to think that you are better than everybody else


She never talks to me; she always has her nose in the air.

Jack has had his nose in the air since he got promoted.

airs and graces

Meaning: if someone has airs and graces, they behave as if they are better, but they really know they’re not


She’s always putting on airs and graces and pretending to be posh.

My mother used to put on airs and graces when she spoke to strangers.

So they’re the air idioms and phrases in English. Let me go through them once more:

  • up in the air 
  • full of hot air 
  • a breath of fresh air 
  • into or out of thin air 
  • something is in the air 
  • to clear the air 
  • to have your nose in the air 
  • to be full of airs and graces 

If there’s anybody you know that you think might enjoy these air idioms and phrases, let them know. 

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Air Idioms and Phrases in English

English air idioms and phrases. Idioms to do with air. Advanced English learning. Online Zoom English lessons at

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