Definition of a breath of fresh air in English:

a breath of fresh air

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    • ‘She's like a breath of fresh air and he feels he can talk through his problems with her.’
    • ‘In an era in which kids’ films are condescending, this movie is a breath of fresh air.’
    • ‘So bloggers bring a breath of fresh air, which can only be to the media's advantage in the long run.’
    • ‘Thanks for your article; it was a breath of fresh air.’
    • ‘But he was a breath of fresh air because he was brutally honest.’
    • ‘‘This place is a godsend, a breath of fresh air,’ he says.’
    • ‘In an increasingly networked world, these politics of isolation come as a breath of fresh air.’
    • ‘For fans of the music this is a breath of fresh air.’
    • ‘She stated that she had been reading the newspaper for 35 years, and my writing was like a breath of fresh air.’
    • ‘It was a breath of fresh air and a whole new world from high school.’

Definition of a breath of fresh air in English:

a breath of fresh air

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  • 1An act or brief spell of breathing air that is outside or outdoors:

    ‘researchers found that 50 per cent of workers never leave the office for a breath of fresh air’
    • ‘Two ferries offer a great break from driving along with a breath of fresh air and a coffee for the driver.’
    • ‘Once outside, Rob took a deep breath of fresh air, thankful to be away from the aroma of the fish.’
    • ‘I felt so out of it that James had to stop the car for me to catch a breath of fresh air.’
    • ‘She inhaled a breath of fresh air through the apparatus, then another, before determining that she was able to breathe normally again.’
    • ‘Second-storey glass walkways connect all the major buildings in the city's downtown core, making it entirely viable to live, eat, work and play without ever taking a breath of fresh air.’
    • ‘Taking a break from the festivities, Ellen stepped outside for a breath of fresh air.’
    • ‘He had never done so much as get a breath of fresh air in the past two weeks.’
    • ‘I'm just going to go outside to catch a breath of fresh air.’
    • ‘We'd all be dead by now if we did not get a breath of fresh air occasionally.’
    • ‘Lydie and Leah were out on the balcony, getting a breath of fresh air and letting the wind blow through their hair.’
    1. 1.1 Someone or something that provides a refreshing change:
      ‘Mike, my present husband, was a breath of fresh air’
      • ‘A breath of fresh air is provided by the arrival of the scandalous Mrs Erlynne (Hunt), whose reputation has preceded her.’
      • ‘Paul, as the outsider, with his British accent, is a breath of fresh air and glamour that upsets the balance in the stuffy little town.’
      • ‘Noel Carroll was a great teacher, and a breath of fresh air.’
      • ‘Limited to the period before 1800, the book should be a breath of fresh air for all of us involved in teaching African history.’
      • ‘I don't agree with everything he says or does, yet I think he's a breath of fresh air in a business that thrives on reality hidden under a heavy mask of make believe.’
      • ‘Watson is like a breath of fresh air in his life, someone who offers him the chance to realise his potential and gain some self-belief.’
      • ‘If you have had enough of cynical journalists and reviewers being nasty about everything they come across, then you may need a breath of fresh air.’
      • ‘She is the first sales manager that the company has had since 1996 and like a breath of fresh air she promises to bring new life to the position.’
      • ‘What's even better is how much this show is a breath of fresh air in an era of witless, dumb sitcoms.’
      • ‘Sarah always waltzed into the office as a breath of fresh air, smiling and optimistic.’