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clear the air

1. To remove or improve stale air or an unpleasant odor. Please open a window and clear the air in here—it's too stuffy.
2. To discuss or otherwise confront a troublesome issue, usually with the goal of alleviating tension or confusion. The silent treatment isn't helping the situation between you two, so just clear the air already. Once we cleared the air, we found that it had just been a simple misunderstanding.
3. To remove doubt from a situation. They were able to clear the air by producing the document in question, so that we could all see it for ourselves.
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clear the air

 
1. Lit. to get rid of stale or bad air. Open some windows and clear the air. It's stuffy in here.
2. Fig. to get rid of doubts or hard feelings. All right, let's discuss this frankly. It'll be better if we clear the air.
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clear the air

Eliminate confusion, dispel controversy or emotional tension, as in His letter has cleared the air; we now know where he stands. This idiom alludes to an atmosphere cleared of sultriness by a storm. [Late 1800s]
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clear the air

COMMON If something such as an argument or a discussion clears the air, it makes bad feelings between people go away. I get angry and frustrated with Hannah's behaviour, but I'm a great believer in expressing my feelings to clear the air. Some groups in our community seem to suffer from discrimination. An independent inquiry could clear the air and sort out the problem. Note: You can also talk about air-clearing. Goalkeeper Edwards said that the half-time air-clearing session turned the game round.. Note: Journalists sometimes talk about clear-the-air meetings or talks. He is determined to have a clear-the-air meeting with Murray this weekend.
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clear the air

defuse or clarify an angry, tense, or confused situation by frank discussion.
This expression comes from the idea that a thunderstorm makes the air less humid.
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clear the ˈair

remove the causes of disagreement, fear, doubts, etc. by talking about them honestly and openly: Mary had been bad-tempered with me for days, so in an attempt to clear the air, I asked her what the matter was.
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clear the air

To dispel differences or emotional tensions.
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I've never turned my back on my country and I never will so I'm delighted that he's phoned me and wants to clear the air.
Mr McConnell's bid to clear the air about his private life had been made all the more urgent by media scrutiny on Henry McLeish, who until last week was Scotland's First Minister.
We had our ups and downs but the most important thing we did when we got back together was to talk and clear the air.
Walker considered Bryant's comments ``totally degrading'' but said he didn't need to clear the air with him.
Ramos has decided Berbatov's imminent exit will clear the air at White Hart Lane and allow him to bring in the strikers he needs.
Rather than clear the air so voters can make a rational decision, the downtown power structure has done its best to poison the atmosphere and create political smog.
It will help clear the air of the accumulated mist generated from individual sessions and will help to prepare the tanning environment for the next session.
The two of us have met since for a clear the air talk and that's the end of it - we move on to the next game.
Hyperion (Nasdaq:HYSL), the leading provider of Business Performance Management software, on November the 29th launched a first-of-its-kind initiative to clear the air by helping its employees purchase fuel-efficient cars for their personal use.
However, if he felt I was victimising him or his club then I would be more than happy to have a clear the air meeting.
The past two decades have yielded a 55 percent increase in deaths due to asthma -- and with North Carolina having three of the top 25 worst areas in the United States for ozone, we need to do all that we can to clear the air.
Amid rampant speculation that he would be traded to the New York Yankees, Edmonds was approached Saturday morning by Angels general manager Bill Stoneman, who wanted to clear the air and let Edmonds know where he stood.
That's why I requested a meeting with George on my return from holiday to clear the air.
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