just a little bit of airbrushing

SuprunP

Senior Member
Ukrainian & Russian
-- So, there's no mention of Cairo on your professional CV, I checked.
-- Yeah, I... I took it off after I left.
[...]
-- So, if Roper checked with Meisters for a biography, Cairo wouldn't come up?
-- No.
[...]
-- So, just a little bit of airbrushing and you'd be clean?

(The Night Manager; Episode #1.2)

I wonder whether the following would sound idiomatic as well:

So, just a little bit of airbrushing out and you'd be clean?

Thanks.
 
  • Dryan

    Senior Member
    English - Northeastern U.S.
    I prefer the original much better. Airbrush already implies that you're covering up a blemish so the out would be superfluous.
     
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