out of thin air

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out of thin air

Fig. out of nowhere; out of nothing. Suddenly—out of thin air—the messenger appeared. You just made that excuse up out of thin air.
See also: air, of, out, thin

out of thin air

also from thin air
from nowhere or nothing How can magicians produce coins out of thin air? Pascal's discoveries did not come from thin air - they're based on the work of earlier mathematicians.
Related vocabulary: out of the blue
See also: air, of, out, thin

out of thin air

  also from thin air
if something appears or is made out of thin air, it suddenly and mysteriously appears or is made Using volunteers from the audience, he makes cards appear out of thin air. You can't just create wealth from thin air.
See also: air, of, out, thin
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Like the "two or three units a day" safe drinking figures these sound like guesstimates plucked from thin air with no scientific basis at all.
Making up stuff from thin air certainly requires talent and originality.
When judges get in the business of constructing ``rights'' from thin air, there's no telling where the fun might end.
MIKE ASHLEY wants pounds 100million for Newcastle, which sounds like a figure plucked from thin air - just like most of his recent managers.
Finally, MasterCard has asked the court to throw out the retailers' request for billions of dollars in damages, "because it is spun from thin air, and not based on any facts, let alone marketplace reality," according to Hanft.
How to turn a penny into a radio, make a flood alarm with an aspirin, change milk into plastic, extract water and electricity from thin air, turn on a TV with your ring, and other amazing feats," the cover boasts, making this as irresistible to readers as the popular Worst-Case Scenarios series.
It was genuinely heartrending, mostly as a tribute to a dead lover but also because it had been spun together from thin air and--despite the fact that this show, Tillmans's first substantial museum exhibition in his adopted country, on occasion reconstructed entire swaths of previous shows--will probably never be presented in this way again.
Here at last, was an entire ecclesial body publicly acknowledging that vocations to the priesthood don't come from thin air.
Pompei was the first in the world to develop the mathematics and advanced engineering that allowed sound to be created literally from thin air with sound quality and reliability rivaling traditional loudspeakers.