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thin air

A figurative phrase used to suggest nothingness or nonexistence. I had no idea she'd researched the budget so thoroughly—she pulled that report out of thin air. I didn't see Mike leave the party, he just disappeared into thin air.
See also: air, thin
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The nonsplash in thin air occurs even in tests in which only "hamburger-bun" droplets hit the surface, says Sidney R.
There's a widespread myth that creative people come up with their great ideas out of thin air," Hauptman observes.
Judges particularly admired the delicate way in which the chair meets the ground with a small clear plastic foot so that it appears to be floating in thin air.
Thin Air Apps plans to commence occupancy in December 2000, following extensive renovations to approximately half of the leased space in this landmark building.
Take it easy the first few days to adjust to the thin air because altitude sickness is a real possibility.
Fergie is said to have watched as a holy man produced a gold chain andcross, apparently out of thin air.
While SG-1 attends the execution of Ba'al, the last of the goa'uld system lords, Teal'c and Vala inexplicably disappear into thin air.
com TUESDAY BELFAST THE THIN AIR TUESDAY THROWDOWN Belfast-based alternative rock trio Northern Light released latest single Paranoia in February and the chance to see them in Laverys for free this Tuesday is an opportunity you should not pass up on.
Like the Grim Reaper, it appears regularly and swiftly takes life, before disappearing into thin air before anyone knows what's hit them.
Of course there have been mistakes and areas in which many of us would like to have seen more progress or different approaches, but taken as a whole the record is not so much of promises vanishing into thin air as of promises fulfilled going unremarked or forgotten.
com, more than 18 plays a game disappeared last weekend into thin air.
It examines the boredom of their lonely lives, but, like the early films of Jim Jarmusch, it squeezes humour out of thin air .
Eight climbers didn't make it back alive, a tragedy chronicled in Jon Krakauer's 1997 book Into Thin Air (Villard).
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.