Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

out of thin air

out of thin air
Meaning(s)
1) appear out of nothing or in a sudden and unexpected way
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    • pluck something out of thin air
  • Analysis

    Something which appears out of or comes out of thin air arrives unexpectedly or seems to materialise from nothing. This is a popular idiom used more often in informal contexts.

  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Liam asked me to invest £20,000 into his business to help keep it afloat. He must think I can conjure money out of thin air!
    2. You have to work hard to create opportunities for yourself. You can't just expect them to appear out of thin air.
    3. I really don't think Jane put any effort or planning into coming up with that idea. She seemed to just pluck it out of thin air.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The man seemed to come from the shadows as if appearing from thin air.
    2. The magician performed an incredible trick where he pulled a playing card out of thin air.
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