an atmosphere that you could cut with a knife

you could cut the atmosphere with a knife

The situation was very tense and perhaps on the verge of conflict. Today was the first meeting since Hal got promoted to be his old supervisor's boss, and you could cut the atmosphere with a knife.
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an atmosphere that you could cut with a knife

a general feeling of great tension or malevolence.
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