Definition of in the air in English:

in the air


  • Felt by a number of people to be happening or about to happen:

    ‘panic was in the air’
    ‘you can tell there's an election in the air’
    • ‘Change is also in the air for the farming industry at the bottom of the food chain.’
    • ‘It is still not quite the real thing but it is getting closer, you can smell it in the air.’
    • ‘If there was a clear sense of nervousness in the air, it was tangible on the ground.’
    • ‘It is a bit more honest, I suppose, but means that there is no real magic in the air.’
    • ‘As the tower prepares to welcome the public again, there is a frisson of anxiety in the air.’
    • ‘At most of our shows there is just a good feeling in the air with people having a good time.’
    • ‘It takes the band a couple of songs to hit their flow and as they do you can feel the change in the air.’
    • ‘You feel a certain wrongness in the air and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up as unseen eyes watch you.’
    • ‘Panic and terror could be smelt in the air and that sensation of worry clenched at his gut.’
    • ‘As soon as we got to Seattle there was a palpable tension in the air.’
    going on, happening, afoot, around, about, abroad, circulating, current, stirring, in circulation, at large, going about, in the wind
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