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clear the air

1. To remove or improve stale air or an unpleasant odor. Please open a window and clear the air in here—it's too stuffy.
2. To discuss or otherwise confront a troublesome issue, usually with the goal of alleviating tension or confusion. The silent treatment isn't helping the situation between you two, so just clear the air already. Once we cleared the air, we found that it had just been a simple misunderstanding.
3. To remove doubt from a situation. They were able to clear the air by producing the document in question, so that we could all see it for ourselves.
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clear the air

 
1. Lit. to get rid of stale or bad air. Open some windows and clear the air. It's stuffy in here.
2. Fig. to get rid of doubts or hard feelings. All right, let's discuss this frankly. It'll be better if we clear the air.
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clear the air

Eliminate confusion, dispel controversy or emotional tension, as in His letter has cleared the air; we now know where he stands. This idiom alludes to an atmosphere cleared of sultriness by a storm. [Late 1800s]
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clear the air

COMMON If something such as an argument or a discussion clears the air, it makes bad feelings between people go away. I get angry and frustrated with Hannah's behaviour, but I'm a great believer in expressing my feelings to clear the air. Some groups in our community seem to suffer from discrimination. An independent inquiry could clear the air and sort out the problem. Note: You can also talk about air-clearing. Goalkeeper Edwards said that the half-time air-clearing session turned the game round.. Note: Journalists sometimes talk about clear-the-air meetings or talks. He is determined to have a clear-the-air meeting with Murray this weekend.
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clear the air

defuse or clarify an angry, tense, or confused situation by frank discussion.
This expression comes from the idea that a thunderstorm makes the air less humid.
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clear the ˈair

remove the causes of disagreement, fear, doubts, etc. by talking about them honestly and openly: Mary had been bad-tempered with me for days, so in an attempt to clear the air, I asked her what the matter was.
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clear the air

To dispel differences or emotional tensions.
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clear the air, to

To remove confusion or controversy. The analogy to stormy weather was made as long ago as the fourteenth century, although at first the term meant to free something from clouds or other obscuring elements. In time it came to mean getting rid of the sultry oppressiveness common before a storm, which then was transferred to the removal of misunderstanding or ambiguity. Thus a British reporter wrote, “His explicit . . . reply to Parnell’s speech . . . cleared the air” (Manchester Examiner, 1885).
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And Daniel Kawczynski wants a general election to clear the air. So bring it on!
to lobby against a California state pro-vaccine bill surfaced, Biel took to her Instagram account on Thursday morning to clear the air.
Speaking in Mombasa on Wednesday during the official opening of the 2nd Lady Accountant Annual Conference at Whitesands Hotel, Karua asked the government to clear the air on contaminated sugar.
Islamabad: Attempting to clear the air on Pakistani troops being sent to Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that"training elements"rather than fighting forces are being sent to the Kingdom."The reality is very different from the perception,"the prime minister said in an interview aired on Thursday."There is no deployment from here.
Summary: Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil contacted his Kuwaiti counterpart as Lebanese officials attempt to clear the air, after Kuwait discovered a terror cell with alleged links to Lebanon, said an official statement Friday.
"He was trying to clear the air conditioner duct and suffered an electric shock from a 440W three-phase power line," his friend Jasbir Singh told the GDN.
Still, there's nothing a pint or two can't solve so when Kev, sporting his new bushy beard, suggests he and Tim go to The Rovers to clear the air, Tim's easily placated.
Summary: Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell is to meet representatives from his local police force, in an attempt to clear the air, following 'pleb-row'.
For this reason it was the only odor removal product used to clear the air at the World Trade Center after the bombing in 1993.
But via Twitter, Hamilton attempted to clear the air with both men, along with fans he feels he may have offended by his remarks.
Gilani said the visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and talks held last week were meant to clear the air and that she had acknowledged that people at the highest level of the government were unaware of the presence of the Al Qaida chief in the country.
A SUPREME Court Constitution bench is likely to clear the air over the rights of migrant schedule caste ( SC) people to reservations outside their home states.
"We want to clear the air and see if we can get progress and anything in motion.
Brady visited Wast Hills this week to clear the air with the manager after various potshots in her regular national newspaper piece.
This will be a big help for the Olympics," attorney Fan Wenling said as she climbed into her car for a morning trip to her office.The rules, in effect until September 20, ban cars with odd- and even-numbered licence plates from the roads on alternate days.They are part of a wider drive to clear the air in Beijing, which is one of the world's most polluted cities.