nip in the air

nip in the air

A slight chill. I need to grab my jacket because there's definitely a nip in the air tonight.
See also: air, nip

(little) nip in the air

a cold feeling; cold weather. I felt a little nip in the air when I opened the window. There's more of a nip in the air as winter approaches.
See also: air, nip
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She read out an email from a listener that said: "When the weather is a little cold, we say that it's a bit Pearl Harbour, meaning there's a nasty nip in the air."
The nip in the air! Glamorous women clutching fur collars about their swanlike necks, sipping martinis, flicking ashes from bejeweled cigarette holders in gloved hands...
And the nip in the air is temporary and will be replaced within nanoseconds by El Nino's searing blast.