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- (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 September 26, Nick Coleman, “Ropin' and a-rhymin'”, in The Independent, UK, retrieved 23 March 2014:
- "We got out of the van to get some air on the Gower peninsula."
invigorate oneself by breathing refreshing outdoor air