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    What is "suck air from a room"?

    I found this phrase "suck air from a room" from reading a book, and I googled but still couldn't find the answer. I think it's an idiom but have no idea what it meant in this paragraph here:
    "Dunlap’s book is called Mean Business. That atrocious pun gives you an idea of someone who revelled in his own ability to suck air from a room. The book cover features a picture of ‘Rambo in Pinstripes’ with two dogs."

    Anyone please help me to explain it? Thanks so much!

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    Re: What is "suck air from a room"?

    It is indeed an idiom, and I would say a slang idiom of AmE.

    I think "Suck the air from a room" means to render everyone in the room speechless. It is typically done by astounding or horrifying them.

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    Re: What is "suck air from a room"?

    It also just means to take the energy from the room. Someone who is very boring can suck the air from the room.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 28-Jan-2013 at 05:37.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What is "suck air from a room"?

    I knew you could do better than me on this.

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