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Clear the air   /klɪr ðə ɛr/   Listen
Clear the air

Dispel differences or negative emotions.

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"Clear the air" Quotes from Famous Books

... whether few or many. More often than not, it is brought about by the exulting chatter of a few irrepressible and also irresponsible individuals who have military or political ambitions to look after, and no other faculty of reason or vocabulary than the gibberish "that war will clear the air." They ostentatiously claim a monopoly of patriotism; and convey their views on war matters with a blustering levity which is a marvel to the astonished soul. Their attitude towards human existence is that you cannot be a patriot or create a great nation unless ...
— Drake, Nelson and Napoleon • Walter Runciman

... the terrible truth began to dawn on the older and more experienced bushman. The weather for the last two days had been dull and cloudy, they had not caught a glimpse of the sun, and hourly they had expected a thunderstorm, which would not only clear the air, but would supply them with the water they needed; but to-day the clouds had all cleared away, and the only effect of their presence had been that they had lost their bearings completely. Where and when they had lost them Anderson could not say ...
— The Moving Finger • Mary Gaunt

... was smiling in her quiet way. "I should like to see a good flare up. It would clear the air. At present we are all thinking so much, and ...
— The Mysterious Affair at Styles • Agatha Christie

... paying me to go through the motions—don't matter what I think personally. If they've pulled off a shooting-match at the water-hole, the thing's settled by this time. It had to come and if it's over, I'm dam' glad. It'll clear the air for quite a ...
— Sundown Slim • Henry Hubert Knibbs

Words linked to "Clear the air" :   chase away, drive out, drive away, dispel, turn back, drive off, run off

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