Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(be/bring) a breath of fresh air

a breath of fresh airbe a breath of fresh airbring a breath of fresh air
Meaning(s)
1) someone/something pleasantly different or new and exciting, a short break from something taken outdoors
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    • he/she is a breath of fresh air, step outside for a breath of fresh air
  • Analysis

    A 'breath of fresh air' can refer to a short time you spend outdoors in order to feel refreshed or revived. Something that is described as 'a breath of fresh air' is something that is new, novel or invigorating this could be a person with fresh, new ideas and approaches or something inspiring and new. 

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. It is too hot in here. I need to step outside for a breath of fresh air.
    2. We need some new members to bring a breath of fresh air to the club.
    3. Our trip was great, being in new surroundings was like a breath of fresh air.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Sally is full of energy and ideas. She really brings a breath of fresh air to the office.
    2. After all the difficulties of working under our previous boss, the new one is like a breath of fresh air!
    3. The new procedures are a breath of fresh air, they are logical and responsive and the client response has been fantastic.
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