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To air somebody out - "to air out"

English translation: to smoke out | to bring out into the open

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English term or phrase:to air out
English translation:to smoke out | to bring out into the open
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17:38 Feb 8, 2009
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English term or phrase: To air somebody out - "to air out"
In "Blade Runner", the chief police officer said to Dakkard (Harrison Ford) who had to detect - "spot" - and kill the Nexus-6 replicants: (...) "and you're gonna spot them, then you're gonna air them out". Never had I seen any book bringing "to air out" as "to kill". Can someboby enlighten me, I mean, could this expression really be used so? Is it standard usage, though rather unusual, for this expression? Examples?
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smoke out, bring out into the open
Explanation:
I think it means to make them reveal themselves for what they are.

In my opinion, it's unusual.
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4 +2smoke out, bring out into the open
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to air somebody out - "to air out"
smoke out, bring out into the open


Explanation:
I think it means to make them reveal themselves for what they are.

In my opinion, it's unusual.

David Russi
United States
Local time: 13:48
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish
Grading comment
Selected automatically based on peer agreement.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Kristina Thorne
39 mins

agree  Sheila Wilson: I think you could be right, including the fact that it's unusual
1 hr
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