get some air
- (idiomatic) To invigorate oneself by breathing refreshing outdoor air, especially after departing from a building or other enclosed space for this purpose.
1870, Charles Dickens, chapter 20, in The Mystery of Edwin Drood:
- [I]t was enough to send her rattling away again in a cab, through deserts of gritty streets, where many people crowded at the corner of courts and byways to get some air.
1891, Henry James, chapter 1, in The Patagonia:
- [H]e took occasion to remark that it was lovely on the balcony: one really got some air, the breeze being from that quarter.
1907, F. Marion Crawford, chapter 6, in The Diva's Ruby:
- "Ah, I see! You went for a little walk to get some air!"
1918, Booth Tarkington, chapter 30, in The Magnificent Ambersons:
- "You'd better begin to get some air and exercise and quit hanging about in the house all day."
- 1995 Sep. 26, Nick Coleman, "Ropin' and a-rhymin'," The Independent (UK) (retrieved 23 Mar 2014):
- "We got out of the van to get some air on the Gower peninsula."
- 2007 May 17, Steven Erlanger and Jon Elsen, "Israeli air strikes target Hamas in Gaza," New York Times (retrieved 23 Mar 2014):
- Gaza City had become generally calmer on Thursday after a cease-fire between Fatah and Hamas, and residents had emerged into the streets to buy food and get some air.
invigorate oneself by breathing refreshing outdoor air