a term used to denote the appointment of any officer in the Royal Air Force above the rank of Air Commodore to a position of command
An air officer (not, however, Sykes) whom I had sent towards Antwerp returned and reported the fall of the fortress.
1914 John French, Viscount of Ypres
- Air one’s dirty linen
air one’s dirty linen Related Terms wash one’s dirty linen Related Terms be, never-was
- Air one’s grievances
Complain publicly, as in Jane was afraid to complain at work but freely aired her grievances at home. This figurative exposure to the open air is far from new; to air one’s opinions or ideas dates from the early 1800s, and the precise idiom appears in James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922).
- Air out
a mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and minute amounts of other gases that surrounds the earth and forms its atmosphere. a stir in the atmosphere; a light breeze. overhead space; sky: The planes filled the air. circulation; publication; publicity: to give air to one’s theories. the general character or complexion of anything; appearance: His early work […]
an apparatus consisting of a face mask connected to a portable air supply, as an air tank that can be strapped to one’s back, used especially by firefighters and search teams in areas of smoke, poisonous fumes, intense heat, etc.