Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

clear the air

clear the air
1) discuss an issue with someone in order to resolve it
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    • talk with someone to clear the air
  • Analysis

    To clear the air can mean to make the air in the room fresher, cooler or more comfortable. To clear the airis also an idiom meaning to discuss a problem in order to resolve tension or disagreement.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. This issue between us had dragged on for too long, so I'm glad we met up and cleared the air.
    2. I have noticed that you have been very distant lately and I think we should clear the air between us.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The boss held a clear-the-air meeting with her staff following her controversial decision to cut all bonuses.
    2. The inquiry gave both parties the chance to present their side of events in a neutral setting which led to them clearing the air once and for all.
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