in the air
See also: up in the air
- In the surrounding ambience.
- As soon as we entered we could feel the excitement and tension in the air.
2007 November 3, David Thomson, “Music in the air”, in The Guardian:
- You may not know La Baule. Think of it as Bognor Regis. Now, you may have spent half your life there, but I do not believe you ever heard Beethoven playing in the air.
- In the global feeling, idea, atmosphere, or mood of the time.
1981, Phil Collins, “In The Air Tonight”, in Face Value:
- I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord.
- Prevalent without traceable origin or authority.
- There was a rumour about them in the air.
- Not in a fixed or stable position; unsettled; up in the air.
- (military) Unsupported and liable to be turned or taken in flank.
- The army had its wing in the air.