To get rid of unpleasant air and replace it with fresh air. To discuss an unpleasant situation with the intention to make it better. Example Sentence:
I can tell me wife is upset with me but I don’t know why, we really need to clear the air.
To make things fair for everyone. To give everyone the same chance at success. Example Sentence:
The older kids really had an advantage in the football game so we mixed up the teams to level the playing field.
To continue discussing or doing something when it is a waste of effort. Example Sentence:
Everyday our instructor tells us several times to take good notes but at this point he is just beating a dead horse, we already got the message.
To stop focusing on negative things that have happened in the past. Example Sentence:
My boyfriend always brings up bad things that happened in his past but I think it is better to let bygones be bygones
The last in a series of unpleasant events that results in not being able to tolerate the situation any longer. Example Sentence:
I had to tell me employee if she came in late one more time it would be the last straw.
When something is done for a reason but it appears to just be strange behavior. Example Sentence:
She couldn’t understand why I was doing the things I was doing so I told her not to worry there is a method to my madness.