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air (one's) dirty laundry in public

To discuss very private, personal matters, especially that which may be embarrassing, in public or with other people. It always makes me uncomfortable when John starts going into all his personal problems whenever our friends get together. I just wish he wouldn't air his dirty laundry in public like that. People have an unnatural fixation on the personal lives of celebrities, but I don't see why they should be expected to air their dirty laundry in public.
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air (one's) belly

To vomit. When I had the flu, I spent most of the time airing my belly.
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air (one's) lungs

1. To use profane language. Mike always airs his lungs when he's frustrated. Please stop airing your lungs in front of the children!
2. To chat or gossip. That group of women gets together at the diner every Saturday night to have coffee and air their lungs.
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air out

To expose something to fresh air (often to improve its scent). After I spilled water on the blanket, I put it on the back porch to air out. She opened all of the windows to let her house air out on the first day of spring. You need to air out your goalie pads before the next game—they stink!
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air (one's) paunch

To vomit. When I had the flu, I spent most of the time airing my paunch.
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air out

[for something] to remain in the fresh air and become fresher. The pillows are airing out on the balcony.
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air something out

to freshen something up by placing it in the open air; to freshen a room by letting outside air move through it. I'll have to air out the car. Someone has been smoking in it.
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References in classic literature ?
We have seen the Campanile, and Byron's house and Balbi's the geographer, and the palaces of all the ancient dukes and doges of Venice, and we have seen their effeminate descendants airing their nobility in fashionable French attire in the Grand Square of St.
It hung on the back of a kitchen chair, seemed to be a furry thing, and, I must suppose, was suspended there for an airing.
Upon the roofs of higher buildings the women could be seen airing the sleeping silks and furs.
He could not help feeling that there were unreasoning and unreasonable activities going on in Alexander all the while; that even after dinner, when most men achieve a decent impersonality, Bartley had merely closed the door of the engine-room and come up for an airing.
Her ladyship's appetite has been improved ever since--the carriage is out airing of her at this very moment--likewise, she takes the footman's arm and the maid's up and downstairs now, which she never would hear of before this last accident.
said Tom, looking so much interested, that Maud could n't resist airing her knowledge a little.
The servants at Windygates, airing themselves in the grounds--in the absence of their mistress and her guests--were disturbed, for the moment, by the unexpected return of one of "the gentlefolks.