free as a bird(redirected from free as the air)
(as) free as a bird
1. Unencumbered; not restrained by anything. The phrase means the same as "free," but with more emphasis. I'm as free as a bird this Friday! Do you want to meet for dinner? She's single now—free as a bird!
2. Happy and untroubled. Betty must be free as a bird because I never see her in a bad mood.
*free as a birdand *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.
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.
free as a birdBRITISH, AMERICAN or
free as the airBRITISH
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.