clear the air
clear the air
- get rid of all doubts and negative feelings
- to clear any misunderstandings between two or more people
- explain something that someone did not understand
- clarify, so that others can understand
- remove all bad or hard feelings
- They had a huge misunderstanding, but decided to clear the air by sitting together and discussing things frankly.
- The government's attitude on the issue has remained ambivalent for some time, so today's statement should clear the air considerably.
- I think Susan got the wrong message about what I said. I'll speak to her and try to clear the air.
- In order to clear the air about the recent media reports about the company, the chairman decided to address the employees himself.
- This topic has been a source of confusion. Let's discuss this together and clear the air once and for all.
- In today's age of social networks and instant messaging, misunderstandings can arise very easily. It is important to speak to each other to clear the air.
- The minister's speech cleared the air over his party's stand on the controversial legislation.
- If he holds a grudge against you, why don't you speak to him and clear the air?
The phrase literally refers to the sun and winds clearing the air of dust and clouds after a storm. In the figurative sense, it has been in use by 1380, in a work of John Wyclif.