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clear the atmosphere

To alleviate tension, often in a group setting. Similar to the phrase "clear the air." I know my parents are still mad at me for missing curfew, so I'm going to try to clear the atmosphere this morning by apologizing profusely.
See also: atmosphere, clear

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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heavy silence

A very tense, awkward, or uncomfortable silence among a group of people. There was a heavy silence at the table after Dad's outburst at Mom. I tried to break the heavy silence with a joke, but no one was in the mood for laughing.
See also: heavy, silence

heavy atmosphere

A very tense, awkward, or uncomfortable atmosphere among a group of people. There was a heavy atmosphere at the table after Dad's outburst at Mom. I tried to break the heavy atmosphere with a joke, but no one was in the mood for laughing.
See also: atmosphere, heavy

you could cut (something) with a knife

Something intangible or non-solid is incredibly thick, palpable, or poignant. The air was so humid as we stepped off the plane if felt like you could cut it with a knife. The entire dinner was so awkward you could cut the tension with a knife.
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you could cut the atmosphere with a knife

If you say you could cut the atmosphere with a knife, you mean that the atmosphere in a place is extremely tense or unfriendly. There have been some embarrassing silences at meal times. You could cut the atmosphere with a knife. Note: You can use air, or a word such as tension that refers to an unpleasant feeling, instead of atmosphere. As soon as we entered the church, you could cut the air with a knife. At secondary school, the tension on parents' nights can be cut 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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you could ˌcut the atmosphere with a ˈknife

(informal) used to say that the emotional tension, embarrassment, etc. shared by a group of people is very great: When John came in with his new girlfriend, you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife.
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a heavy ˈsilence/ˈatmosphere

a situation when people do not say anything, but feel embarrassed or uncomfortable: There was a heavy silence for a few minutes before anybody spoke.
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Once it hits the atmosphere, it will take about 2.5 hours to descend to the surface.
In spite of all the above researches regarding the effect of schooling on behavioral and moral development of adolescents, there is a dearth of studies to examine the influences of the school atmosphere on moral development of secondary school students in Pakistan.
If the atmosphere actually ends up being less dense and requires less energy and fuel from the thrusters the mission engineers controlling Cassini are also prepared to use a "pop-down maneuver." Essentially lower the craft closer to the atmosphere for the final two passes.
Griffero develops Merleau-Ponty's idea of atmosphere as an always present field of meanings, each of which is largely anonymous and irreducible to personal perception, and thus spread out in the world as a set of variations open to all perceiving subjects.
The study corroborates data taken from a Canadian satellite launched in 2003 called SciSat-1, which first observed the rapid increase of CO, in the upper atmosphere.
Using these flip-flop ions, researchers can track what the solar wind is doing high above while the spacecraft is in the atmosphere below, giving them an instantaneous look at what's going on in the solar wind, how much energy it's dumping into the upper atmosphere, and how the atmosphere responds.
This provides not only supportive evidence for the loss of much of the planet's original atmosphere, but also a clue to how the loss occurred.
So, warmth remains trapped in the lower atmosphere.
This accuracy assures the barrier will prevent atmosphere and body fluid transmission, thus, viral transmission.
By volume, this new genre consists mainly of substances already present in the atmosphere, only now they are being added to in unfathomable quantities--and they belong to the reactive families.
Earth's atmosphere naturally creates a greenhouse effect, which is what helps make life on Earth possible.
That's because a homebound spacecraft hurtles down through the layers of Earth's atmosphere. With each passing layer, the craft smashes against more and more gas molecules (particles of two or more atoms, or the smallest units of an element, joined together), until it finally punches through the jam-packed troposphere, the atmosphere's lowest level.
* it contributes to a reducing atmosphere in the mold during the metalcasting process, thus creating an oxygen scavenger.
There are areas there, for example, that are seeing deposition from the atmosphere that is ten times or more what it was prior to human activity."