a breath of fresh air

a breath of fresh air

Something that is pleasantly new, different, and refreshing. After dating a series of boring men, Sarah found Peter's adventurous nature to be like a breath of fresh air. The beautiful new paint color is a breath of fresh air for the house.
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breath of fresh air

 
1. Lit. an influx of air that is not stale or smelly, especially from outdoors. You look ill, John. What you need is a breath of fresh air.
2. Fig. a portion of air that is not "contaminated" with unpleasant people or situations. (This is a sarcastic version of {2}.) You people are disgusting. I have to get out of here and get a breath of fresh air. I believe I'll go get a breath of fresh air. The intellectual atmosphere in here is stifling.
3. Fig. a new, fresh, and imaginative approach (to something). (Usually with like.) Sally, with all her wonderful ideas, is a breath of fresh air. The decor in this room is like a breath of fresh air.
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breath of fresh air

New and refreshing, as in His arrival was like a breath of fresh air. This term transfers the idea of fresh air to a new approach or welcome arrival, and has largely replaced both the earlier breath of heaven and breath of spring, although the latter is still heard occasionally. [Mid-1800s]
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a breath of fresh air

COMMON If you describe someone or something as a breath of fresh air, you mean that they are pleasantly different from what you are used to. I think you're a great family and I'm glad I'm going to join you. After the stuffy conversation we have at our dinner table, this is like a breath of fresh air. Brian never wanted to do anything. Life was stagnant. So Mike, my present husband, was a breath of fresh air.
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a breath of fresh air

1 a small amount of or a brief time in the fresh air. 2 a refreshing change, especially a new person on the scene.
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a breath of fresh ˈair

a person or thing that is new and different and therefore interesting and exciting: Having these young people living with us is like a breath of fresh air after years on our own.
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breath of fresh air, (like) a

Refreshing and new. Formerly expressed as (like) a breath of heaven or spring, this term became current in the mid-nineteenth century. “Her arrival on the scene was like a breath of fresh air,” wrote W. Somerset Maugham (Cakes and Ale, 1930).
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References in classic literature ?
That evening I went out merely to get a breath of fresh air, but one thing followed another-- the weather was cold, all nature was looking mournful, and I had fallen in with Emelia.
When you get right down to it, plants bring a breath of fresh air to your rooms like nothing else can."
According to the Forum, the emergence of Atiku as PDP presidential candidate in a keenly contested primary, which was adjudged as a free and fair process, is a breath of fresh air to the democratic project in Nigeria which appeared threatened by manipulation of processes in intra-party conduct and general elections.
'Not being pro USA and anti-China, the presence of USS Carl Vinson in the West Philippine Sea is a breath of fresh air for those of us, pro Philippines,' Lacson tweeted Friday.
Speaking ahead of tonight's Preston clash, he said: "It has been a breath of fresh air for me in recent weeks, because I did not get many opportunities under the old manager.
It's a breath of fresh air in the cluttered world of local advertising especially that of the cliched messages in Pakistani lawn ads.
I think Mr Corbyn is a breath of fresh air. His attitude is different.
The Englishman saluted the Borders ace and said: "Gary has been a breath of fresh air for darts, a new star, and it has been brilliant to see.
Thanks to Banrock Station's support, these volunteer activities in the Greater Yellowstone Area offer people the opportunity to help the whitebark pine and to get a breath of fresh air.
Asian American star Jeremy Lin is ready to open a new chapter of his basketball career as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, calling the trade that sent him to Hollywood a breath of fresh air.
SUSPECTS (Channel 5, Wednesday, dnesday, dnesday 10pm) THIS cops and robbers drama turnedout to be a breath of fresh air when it debuted in January with the cast including Fay Ripley, pley, pley Clare-Hope Ashitey and Damien Molony creating their own dialogue based on a detailed plot description.
It truly is a breath of fresh air to know the best pitcher on the team is also the hardest working guy on the team.''
MICHAEL Platini has formally declared that he no longer supports Sepp Blatter as Fifa president, saying the world governing body needs "a breath of fresh air".
Meanwhile, following a schools production of A Breath of Fresh Air - a show which highlights the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning - Theatr na nOg is performing the drama at venues further afield.