Definition of clear the air in US English:

clear the air

phrase

  • 1Make the air less humid.

    ‘storms were supposed to clear the air’
    • ‘Although the rain makes a pleasant change from the heat of the weekend, it hasn't cleared the air.’
    1. 1.1 Defuse or clarify an angry, tense, or confused situation by frank discussion.
      ‘it's time a few things were said to clear the air’
      • ‘We agreed to facilitate a public meeting in order to get discussion going, and so hope to clear the air.’
      • ‘As the department was clearing the air yesterday, parents warned teachers that they will not stand idly by and watch their children's education being disrupted for another year.’
      • ‘By acknowledging that you may have made a mistake or hurt someone else, you can help clear the air, and that will reduce your stress level.’
      • ‘It also clears the air of all the negatism that had surrounded the team over the winter and enables everyone concerned to look forward to brighter days.’
      • ‘He accepted the progress report hasn't been discussed and offered to attend a special meeting to clear the air over the 100 or so outstanding issues.’
      • ‘I now think that it is essential that the Conservative Party in Parliament clears the air and determines once and for all who we want to lead the party into that election.’
      • ‘The discussions cleared the air and as a parliamentary party we need to make it clear that we won't tolerate people briefing behind the scenes.’
      • ‘Essentially it's a storm in a tea cup but we're really just clearing the air.’
      • ‘It's a good way of clearing the air and moving forward.’
      • ‘‘I don't think it would necessarily clear the air because I don't think the air needs to be cleared,’ he said.’
      restore harmony, make peace, reconcile differences
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