nip in the air

nip in the air

A slight chill. I need to grab my jacket because there's definitely a nip in the air tonight.
See also: air, nip

(little) nip in the air

a cold feeling; cold weather. I felt a little nip in the air when I opened the window. There's more of a nip in the air as winter approaches.
See also: air, nip
References in classic literature ?
Supper over, the tables dormant were cleared away as by magic and trestles and bancals arranged around the blazing fire, for there was a bitter nip in the air.
The sun was shining very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, which set an edge to a man's energy.
She read out an email from a listener that said: "When the weather is a little cold, we say that it's a bit Pearl Harbour, meaning there's a nasty nip in the air.
BOOKMAKERS could well feel a nip in the air after the Tote Scoop6 Hurdle at Cheltenham today.
And the nip in the air is temporary and will be replaced within nanoseconds by El Nino's searing blast.