free as air/as a bird

*free as a bird

 and *free as (the) air
Cliché carefree; completely free and unhindered. (*Also: as ~.) Jane is always happy and free as a bird. The convict escaped from jail and was as free as a bird for two days. No, I'm not married. I don't even have a girlfriend. I'm free as the air.
See also: bird, free

free as a bird

At liberty, without obligations, as in Can you join us tonight?-Yes, I'm free as a bird, or He's free as a bird-he can travel wherever he chooses. [c. 1700]. Also see footloose and fancy-free.
See also: bird, free

free as a bird


free as the air

If someone is free as a bird or free as the air, they are completely free and have no worries or troubles. I have been island-hopping in the Pacific for the past two and a half years, free as a bird. They think of us as favoured beings, going where we like, working when we feel like it, free as the air. Note: You can also say that someone is free as air. Our children play around in the August heatwaves, free as air and enjoying independence.
See also: bird, free

(as) free as (the) ˈair/as a ˈbird

completely free: You can’t imagine what it’s like to feel as free as the air. Nobody who hasn’t been in prison can imagine it.
See also: air, bird, free