in the air
phrasal in wide circulation ; about

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • In the air — Air Air ([^a]r), n. [OE. air, eir, F. air, L. a[ e]r, fr. Gr. ah r, air, mist, for a[digamma]hr, fr. root a[digamma] to blow, breathe, probably akin to E. wind. In sense 10 the French has taking a meaning fr. It. aria atmosphere, air, fr. the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • in the air — {adv. phr.} 1. In everyone s thoughts. * /Christmas was in the air for weeks before./ * /The war filled people s thoughts every day; it was in the air./ Compare: IN THE WIND. 2. Meeting the bodily senses; surrounding you so as to be smelled or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in the air — {adv. phr.} 1. In everyone s thoughts. * /Christmas was in the air for weeks before./ * /The war filled people s thoughts every day; it was in the air./ Compare: IN THE WIND. 2. Meeting the bodily senses; surrounding you so as to be smelled or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • up in the air — {adj.} or {adv. phr.} 1. {informal} In great anger or excitement. * /My father went straight up in the air when he heard I damaged the car./ * /The Jones family are all up in the air because they are taking a trip around the world./ Compare: HIT… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • up in the air — {adj.} or {adv. phr.} 1. {informal} In great anger or excitement. * /My father went straight up in the air when he heard I damaged the car./ * /The Jones family are all up in the air because they are taking a trip around the world./ Compare: HIT… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • build castles in the air — or[build castles in Spain] {v. phr.} To make impossible or imaginary plans, dream about future successes that are unlikely. * /He liked to build castles in the air, but never succeeded in anything./ * /To build castles in Spain is natural for… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • build castles in the air — or[build castles in Spain] {v. phr.} To make impossible or imaginary plans, dream about future successes that are unlikely. * /He liked to build castles in the air, but never succeeded in anything./ * /To build castles in Spain is natural for… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Castle in the air — Castle Cas tle, n. [AS. castel, fr. L. castellum, dim. of castrum a fortified place, castle.] 1. A fortified residence, especially that of a prince or nobleman; a fortress. [1913 Webster] The house of every one is to him castle and fortress, as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hole in the air — (A[ e]ronautics) same as {Air hole}, above; an {air pocket}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bear in the air — or[bear in the sky] {n. phr.}, {slang}, {citizen s band jargon} A police helicopter flying overhead watching for speeders. * /Slow down, good buddy, there s a bear in the air./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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