air is running out of the balloon

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ridgemao, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. ridgemao

    ridgemao Senior Member

    Kuala Lumpur
    Chinese - Mandarin

    After you have blown up a balloon, you use your hand to pinch the bottom of the balloon so the balloon is not leaking. Then, you release your hand suddenly, so the air is running out of the balloon fast and the balloon is flying away quickly.

    Is the phrase "running out of the balloon" idomatic here?

  2. JulianStuart

    JulianStuart Senior Member

    Sonoma County CA
    English (UK then US)
    Running doesn't really work to describe what the air is doing. The best I can think of would be "rushing" - and then you wouldn't need the "fast".
  3. dreamlike

    dreamlike Senior Member

    I don't know if it's idiomatic or not, but I suppose you'd be easily understood if you said so.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2013
  4. Parla Member Emeritus

    New York City
    English - US
    No, "running" would not be idiomatic, and it would sound strange; we would use "running" only if the balloon had been filled with liquid. Julian's "rushing" is a good suggestion.
  5. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    English - US
    "Escaping quickly" is another option.
    The air is not "running" and "running out" has a different meaning as a phrasal verb, as in "running out of food".
    "The astronauts are trapped on the doomed spaceship. Their air is running out." Their air is not leaving the spaceship, but it is being used up.

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