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When Hassan was around, ‘the oxygen seeped out of the room.’ What is happening here?

Wiktionary cites suck the oxygen out of as a variant of suck the air out of. The definition is as follows: Alternative forms suck all the air out of suck the oxygen out of Verb suck the air out of (...
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What's the meaning of "Hassan milled about the periphery of my life"?

One meaning of "to mill" is "to move about in a disorderly or aimless fashion", especially in a circular movement. The "periphery" is the edge. So basically, the section ...
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