a breath of fresh air

a breath of fresh air

Something that is pleasantly new, different, and refreshing. After dating a series of boring men, Sarah found Peter's adventurous nature to be like a breath of fresh air. The beautiful new paint color is a breath of fresh air for the house.
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breath of fresh air

 
1. Lit. an influx of air that is not stale or smelly, especially from outdoors. You look ill, John. What you need is a breath of fresh air.
2. Fig. a portion of air that is not "contaminated" with unpleasant people or situations. (This is a sarcastic version of {2}.) You people are disgusting. I have to get out of here and get a breath of fresh air. I believe I'll go get a breath of fresh air. The intellectual atmosphere in here is stifling.
3. Fig. a new, fresh, and imaginative approach (to something). (Usually with like.) Sally, with all her wonderful ideas, is a breath of fresh air. The decor in this room is like a breath of fresh air.
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breath of fresh air

New and refreshing, as in His arrival was like a breath of fresh air. This term transfers the idea of fresh air to a new approach or welcome arrival, and has largely replaced both the earlier breath of heaven and breath of spring, although the latter is still heard occasionally. [Mid-1800s]
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a breath of fresh air

COMMON If you describe someone or something as a breath of fresh air, you mean that they are pleasantly different from what you are used to. I think you're a great family and I'm glad I'm going to join you. After the stuffy conversation we have at our dinner table, this is like a breath of fresh air. Brian never wanted to do anything. Life was stagnant. So Mike, my present husband, was a breath of fresh air.
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a breath of fresh air

1 a small amount of or a brief time in the fresh air. 2 a refreshing change, especially a new person on the scene.
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a breath of fresh ˈair

a person or thing that is new and different and therefore interesting and exciting: Having these young people living with us is like a breath of fresh air after years on our own.
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References in classic literature ?
That evening I went out merely to get a breath of fresh air, but one thing followed another-- the weather was cold, all nature was looking mournful, and I had fallen in with Emelia.
Not being pro USA and anti-China, the presence of USS Carl Vinson in the West Philippine Sea is a breath of fresh air for those of us, pro Philippines,' Lacson tweeted Friday.
Speaking ahead of tonight's Preston clash, he said: "It has been a breath of fresh air for me in recent weeks, because I did not get many opportunities under the old manager.
The Englishman saluted the Borders ace and said: "Gary has been a breath of fresh air for darts, a new star, and it has been brilliant to see.
Damien Molony, Fay Ripley and Clare-Hope Ashitey tackle fresh crimes | Damien Molony, Fay Ripley and Clare-Hope Ashitey tackle fresh crimes SUSPECTS (Channel 5, Wednesday, 10pm) THIS cops and robbers drama turned out to be a breath of fresh air when it debuted in January with the cast including Fay Ripley, Clare-Hope Ashitey and Damien Molony creating their own dialogue based on a detailed plot description.
SUSPECTS (Channel 5, Wednesday, dnesday, dnesday 10pm) THIS cops and robbers drama turnedout to be a breath of fresh air when it debuted in January with the cast including Fay Ripley, pley, pley Clare-Hope Ashitey and Damien Molony creating their own dialogue based on a detailed plot description.
It truly is a breath of fresh air to know the best pitcher on the team is also the hardest working guy on the team.
Meanwhile, following a schools production of A Breath of Fresh Air - a show which highlights the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning - Theatr na nOg is performing the drama at venues further afield.
Housing management company Homes for Northumberland organised the free event - A Breath of Fresh Air - at Alnwick North Community Centre.
Mr Kirwan talks of bringing a breath of fresh air to Wirral politics.
He said that by comparison with the United States "you would see what a breath of fresh air it is here".
But Frank Miller's novel has an unapologetic wit and sarcasm that's a breath of fresh air.
The new research "is like a breath of fresh air," he says.
More than just a breath of fresh air, he's a tornado, and his presence encourages Andrew to start looking at the world around him in a new way.
Uribe is such a breath of fresh air in Latin America; it's nice to have a country down there that's dependable.