Definition 2021


in the air

See also: up in the air



in the air (not comparable)

  1. In the surrounding ambience.
    As soon as we entered we could feel the excitement and tension in the air.
    • 2007 November 3, David Thomson, “Music in the air”, in The Guardian:
      You may not know La Baule. Think of it as Bognor Regis. Now, you may have spent half your life there, but I do not believe you ever heard Beethoven playing in the air.
  2. In the global feeling, idea, atmosphere, or mood of the time.
    • 1981, Phil Collins, “In The Air Tonight”, in Face Value:
      I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord.
  3. Prevalent without traceable origin or authority.
    There was a rumour about them in the air.
  4. Not in a fixed or stable position; unsettled; up in the air.
  5. (military) Unsupported and liable to be turned or taken in flank.
    The army had its wing in the air.