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out of thin air

From nothing, as of something that has suddenly materialized. You need to work hard—opportunities don't just come out of thin air. For his final trick, the magician pulled a bouquet of flowers out of thin air.
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out of thin air

Fig. out of nowhere; out of nothing. Suddenly—out of thin air—the messenger appeared. You just made that excuse up out of thin air.
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out of thin air

COMMON If something appears out of thin air, it appears suddenly and unexpectedly. A crisis had materialised out of thin air. Auster spins stories out of thin air. Note: You can also say that something appears from thin air. Thirteen years ago, with her children almost grown up, she found herself having to conjure a career from thin air.
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'I don't think it's something that the President would say from thin air because he has access to all information that even you and I don't have access to,' he said.
Like the "two or three units a day" safe drinking figures these sound like guesstimates plucked from thin air with no scientific basis at all.
He spotted BBC man David using sleight of hand to magically produce a pen "as if from thin air".
And council leader Cheryl Green said: 'The impact will be remarkable.' INTEREST RETHINK SAVES A MILLION: Public services in Bridgend have received a pounds 1m bonus from thin air - thanks to bright spark accountants.
Making up stuff from thin air certainly requires talent and originality."
"How to turn a penny into a radio, make a flood alarm with an aspirin, change milk into plastic, extract water and electricity from thin air, turn on a TV with your ring, and other amazing feats," the cover boasts, making this as irresistible to readers as the popular Worst-Case Scenarios series.
It was genuinely heartrending, mostly as a tribute to a dead lover but also because it had been spun together from thin air and--despite the fact that this show, Tillmans's first substantial museum exhibition in his adopted country, on occasion reconstructed entire swaths of previous shows--will probably never be presented in this way again.
Breakaway segregationist Democrats didn't need to pluck the racist dystopia implicit in their 1948 platform from thin air, nor did they have to base their political hopes on hazy Lost Cause nostalgia and distant antebellum dreams.
I noted with approval that the theme for this year was "Vocations: A Family Affair." Here at last, was an entire ecclesial body publicly acknowledging that vocations to the priesthood don't come from thin air. For years, many people and congregations have been petitioning heaven for "vocations," as if in hopes that the Lord would one day relent and let fall a multitude of young men in Roman collars, like so much manna in the desert.
He plucked a date from thin air - June 13, 1998 - but no woman entered his life.
'Sabi ko nga tingin ko kuryente (I think it was only a bum steer), I 'll still give him the benefit of the doubt, na hindi nya inimbento (that he didn't not make it up) or got it from thin air. He was fed with a false information, that's my opinion,' the senator added.
MIKE ASHLEY wants pounds 100million for Newcastle, which sounds like a figure plucked from thin air - just like most of his recent managers.