air one’s dirty linen
wash one’s dirty linen
- 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.
a small airport for private planes, especially one located near an or other commercial center.