movement that was in the air

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nguyen dung

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In the book:Best little stories from Civil war,first story 1860 there is paragraph:
It was no accident the Blue Cockades were seen on the men’s hats outside a
meeting hall in Charleston, South Carolina, on the twentieth day of December.
The blue cockade deliberately recalled the nullification controversy that had
upset President Andrew Jackson three decades earlier. Only now the movement that was in the air was secession!
What is meaning of ''Only now the movement that was in the air was secession!''?What is meaning of ''movement that was in the air''?
  • cando

    Senior Member
    English - British
    The phrase "in the air" refers to a group feeling or a shared view that is not centrally organised or promoted but seems to have become spontaneously popular.
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