stifling air meaning, stifling air definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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stifling  

1       adj   Stifling heat is so intense that it makes you feel uncomfortable. You can also use stifling to describe a place that is extremely hot.  
The stifling heat of the little room was beginning to make me nauseous.     
2       adj   If a situation is stifling, it makes you feel uncomfortable because you cannot do what you want.  
Life at home with her parents and two sisters was stifling., ...a stifling bureaucracy.     
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exp.
When something is 'in the air', it means something exciting or significant is taking place or about to happen. Ex.: Spring is in the air - it's time for change!
n.
means a different approach or a welcome change to something. Ex.: anna has lots of wonderful ideas and motivation - she is a breath of fresh air.
[Fig.]
n.
poisonous gas that pollutes the air in coal mines
n.
sigle of "Air Launched Cruise Missile" that can find his target electronically by his own means at a long distance according to a memorized map of the landscape he has to pass over
can also be launched from the soil or the sea. they can be reprogrammed or destroyed during the fly by the "sender"

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