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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AIRS

So I'm not agoin' to put on no airs as if I was a fine lady.

But, Cousin Eustace, you must put off your airs, and come with us to the drawing-room.

He had a lighted cigar in his hand, and brought with him airs of ale and tobacco smoke.

Despite our clothes, despite our airs and graces, we mostly appear to be exactly what we are.

I'm responsible for what he expects: he expects just what the airs I've put on have made him expect.

Men's airs and gaits are as various and peculiar as their faces.

The air was full of laughter, talk, whistling and humming of the airs from the opera.

The airs and graces they assumed did but emphasise their crudity.

The airs he puts on just because he's been to Cayenne are quite sickening.

He is a retained attorney, and these airs of the bench are the emptiest affectation.

WORD ORIGIN

"to expose to open air," 1520s, from air (n.1). Figurative sense of "to expose, make public" is from 1610s of objects, 1862 of opinions, grievances, etc. Meaning "to broadcast" (originally on radio) is from 1933. Related: Aired; airing.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR AIRS

delusions of grandeur

nounoverestimation of one's own importance
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