- There was great excitement in the air.
- Love/Change/Spring is in the air.
- Christmas was in the air.
- There was a sense of excitement in the air.
- Change is in the air.
- Excitement was in the air.
- There was a feeling in the air that it was time for a change.
- Spring is in the air.
- There's romance in the air.
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■ a) in circulation; current, b) in the process of being decided; unsettled.
■ If something is in the air, you feel that it is happening or about to happen.
■ adv. on everybody's mind; in everyone's thoughts
■ a) if a feeling is in the air, a lot of people feel it at the same time. b) to be going to happen very soon.
■ Abroad; prevalent.
■ something is in the air: used for saying that people all have a similar feeling, especially a feeling that something exciting or new is happening.
■ felt by a number of people to exist or to be happening.
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