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Difference between Give oneself airs and Give someone the air

give oneself airsact conceited or superior:

  • Sally is always giving herself airs. You’d think she had royal blood.

give someone the air—(coll.) reject or dismiss a person:

  • I couldn’t change her views … nor could she convert me to hers, even when she threatened to give me the air.

Cf.: get the airbe rejected (as a friend or lover):

  • Shirley was afraid she might get the air from her boyfriend if she went out with other boys.

See also: take air / take the air.