Clear the Air

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Meaning of Idiom 'Clear the Air'

To clear the air is to talk openly and frankly about a situation, misunderstanding, disagreement, etc. in order to alleviate suspicion, tension, fear, confusion, worry, etc.

Usage

"When Frank found out that Warren was angry with him, he invited him to lunch to try to clear the air."

"Willis is still unhappy with my decision, but at least we were able to talk and clear the air."

"The manager called a meeting of the staff to clear the air about the circulating rumors."

Origin

Used since the late-1800's, the idiom alludes to a passing thunderstorm making the air less humid.

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