free as a bird

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(as) free as a bird

Unencumbered. The phrase means the same as "free," but with more emphasis. I'm as free as a bird this Friday! Do you want to meet for dinner? She's single now—free as a bird!
See also: bird, free

*free as a bird

 and *free as (the) air
Cliché carefree; completely free and unhindered. (*Also: as ~.) Jane is always happy and free as a bird. The convict escaped from jail and was as free as a bird for two days. No, I'm not married. I don't even have a girlfriend. I'm free as the air.
See also: bird, free

free as a bird

At liberty, without obligations, as in Can you join us tonight?-Yes, I'm free as a bird, or He's free as a bird-he can travel wherever he chooses. [c. 1700]. Also see footloose and fancy-free.
See also: bird, free

free as a bird

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

free as the air

BRITISH
If someone is free as a bird or free as the air, they are completely free and have no worries or troubles. I have been island-hopping in the Pacific for the past two and a half years, free as a bird. They think of us as favoured beings, going where we like, working when we feel like it, free as the air. Note: You can also say that someone is free as air. Our children play around in the August heatwaves, free as air and enjoying independence.
See also: bird, free

(as) free as (the) ˈair/as a ˈbird

completely free: You can’t imagine what it’s like to feel as free as the air. Nobody who hasn’t been in prison can imagine it.
See also: air, bird, free
References in classic literature ?
I had neither kith nor kin in England, and was therefore as free as air -- or as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be.
Here am I, made from an old bedquilt and intended to be a slave to Margolotte, rendered free as air by an accident that none of you could foresee.
As his swarthy visage, with its muscles fixed in rigid composure, was seen under the light of the moon, which struck his face obliquely, he seemed a picture of resigned old age, on whom the storms of winter had beaten in vain for the greater part of a century; but when, in turning his head, the rays fell directly on his dark, fiery eyes, they told a tale of passions unrestrained, and of thoughts free as air.
None, sir," replied the bandit, "you are as free as air.
You are going away free as air, but you shall end by coming back to us.