(to be) up in the air

Idiom Definition

"to be up in the air"

to be undecided about something or someone;

to be uncertain about something or someone

Idiom Definition - to be up in the air


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to be up in the air

A group of friends are talking about which movie they will watch. Each person wants to watch a different movie. The group cannot decide on which movie they are going to watch. We could say that:

The decision (about which movie they will watch) is up in the air.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to be up in the air

Elizabeth is trying to decide which clothes she will wear to an important meeting. She asks her friend for advice but Elizabeth still cannot decide. We could say that:

Elizabeth is up in the air (about which clothes to wear).

to be up in the air - Usage:


to be up in the air - Gerund Form:

Being up in the air can give a person a sense of unease due to indecision.

to be up in the air - Examples:

1)  I've noticed that when I leave my days up in the air, I spend a lot of time figuring out what to do.

2)  Walls will be pink with black trim. Floors are up in the air.

3)  The fate of Farhadi is likewise up in the air.

4)  Chris Borland' s status for the Buckeyes game has been up in the air throughout the week.

5)  They expected Pennsylvania to be up in the air all night; it went early for the President.

6)  At any rate, it's up in the air as to facts for me still. I'm not convinced this sways the matter.

7)  At this point it's still up in the air but its not looking good.

8)  If you're still up in the air and can't quite decide whether...

9)  Much is still up in the air. However, I'll certainly be sporting my new aviators with pride.

10)  They are indicating that the situation is different and the status is up in the air.

11)  How she came by that rank is somewhat up in the air.

12)  Which Wives will return, though, is at this moment up in the air.

13)  But the final week of this' thon was up in the air, there was nothing posted anywhere about what was happening with it.

14)  With more than 324,000 uncounted ballots remaining, the final results were up in the air and prompting protests from the Latino community.

15)  It's all still up in the air

16)  So what is my future right now? Well it's up in the air

17)  It's really up in the air. We're just meeting.

18)  We haven't heard from Roger, so that's still up in the air.

19)   So while all of that is up in the air, will Dior ever find a successor?

20)   The guestbook is up in the air -- there'll be one but I don't know in what guise.