give (someone) the air

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give (someone) the air

1. To spurn, jilt, or reject someone, especially a lover or romantic interest. Jonathan has had a broken heart ever since David gave him the air.
2. To summarily dismiss or oust someone, such as an employee. Management promptly gave the new accountant the air after his miscalculation cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. They'll give me the air if they ever find out I came into work drunk yesterday.
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Based on Northrop Grumman's active electronically scanned array radar technology, the company's 3DELRR solution is a mobile, radar system that will give the Air Force powerful new air defense capabilities, the firm said.
A TYNESIDE bank has helped give the air ambulance a lift with a pounds 25,000 donation.
Leather sofas, warm woods and private wine lockers give the air of an old club, but the idea and technology are high-tech Euro style.
The ionic liquid work will give us access to materials that are too difficult to manufacture currently and that will give the Air Force more options for materials performance.
These Airmen give the Air Force the required capability and depth in foreign area expertise and language skills to successfully sustain coalitions, pursue regional stability, and contribute to multi-national operations.
The trust decided to give the Air Ambulance something a little bit special to auction.
An arsenal of land based ballistic, cruise and other missiles, and bombs and other weapons give the Air Force an unstoppable war-fighting punch.
Public Enterprise Minister Mary O'Rourke will report to the Cabinet on proposals to give the Air Corp's Baldonnel Aerodrome a new role next month.
That's because the GAO ignored advances in modeling and simulation that give the Air Force great confidence about the plane's performance, he said.
In trying to be a righteous ball, I'd followed all the laws: For every good push you give the air, expect another one back.
Losses due to combat are not included in peacetime flying safety records, but -- if they were -- the 14 war time aircraft losses would give the Air Force a total of 52 aircraft lost -- still below the 10-year peacetime average of 54.
These data now give the Air Force an opportunity to conduct such a cross-check.
We are confident that our team's robust, scalable solution will give the Air Force the flexibility they need to adapt to the frequent changes inevitable in 21st-century information technology.
The technology America enjoys is a result of commitment by the United States to give the Air Force the things it needs.
The aviation minister has promised to try to give the air traffic controllers the pay rise they have been demanding and to provide better options for promotion, an air traffic controller told Reuters.