Air Out | What does this phrasal verb mean?

The phrasal verb that we are going to see today is quite simple: it basically has a literal and a figurative meaning.

Literally, air out means “airing out,” or “letting out airing” – whether it’s the newly painted house, that moldy leather coat, or your car after your aunt who always wears too much perfume took a ride with you.

In a figurative sense, air out means “bringing to the public”, or “exposing” any particular subject. Simple!

Want to see how to use this verb? Well, let’s go to the usual example sentences. Also customary is the reminder that we are leaving: use Anki to note the expressions learned here and then review them. With a good review system spaced out in action, your memory will have no choice but to learn all this wealth of vocabulary that you have here on the Mairo Vergara website.

So come on?

1 – “Airing”, “letting airing”, “being aired”.

If you air out your sleeping bag after you use it, it will smell better the next time you get in.
If you aerate your sleeping bag after using it, it will smell better the next time you enter it.

After I spilled water on the blanket, I put it on the back porch to air out .
After dropping water on the blanket, I placed it on the back porch to air .

She opened all of the windows to let her house air out on the first day of spring.
She opened all the windows to let the house air on the first day of spring.

You need to air out your goalie pads before the next game – they stink!
You need to air your goalkeeper’s knee pads before the next game – they stink!

I’ll have to air out the car. Someone has been smoking in it.
I’ll have to air the car. Someone has been smoking in it.

The pillows are airing out on the balcony.
The pillows are being aired on the balcony.

The rooms had all been cleaned and aired out .
The rooms had all been clean and airy .

Leave the window open to air the room out .
Leave the window open to air the room .

Open the window and let the kitchen air out .
Open the window and let the kitchen air out .

With use (and some airing out ) the smell has died down and the finish has become less shiny.
With use (and a little aeration ) the smell diminished and the polishing became less shiny.
(Remember die down, that we saw here not long ago? Yeah …)

2 – “Exhibit” or “bring to the public”.

It’s unusual to see a team’s captain publicly airing out a grievance like this on social media in the middle of the season.
It is unusual to see a team captain publicly exposing a complaint like this on social media in the middle of the season.

They are too busy airing out their drama on social media to pay attention to what really matters.
They are too busy exposing their drama on social media to pay attention to what really matters.

She apologized for airing out their teenage relationship drama to the world.
She apologized for exposing her teenage relationship drama to the world.

Well, there it is. Now we say goodbye… until the next article, good studies!

 

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