Would you confirm that the expressions below are not freely interchangeable variants of the same phrase but parttial synonyms sharing only ONE meaning in common, and can be represented as:
take the air
take air - 1. (of rumors, etc.) become known; be made public: These words were all that passed between Porteous and his prisoner; but as they took air... they greatly increased popular compassion for Wilson.
2. go out for a walk; go out of doors: Guests went out to garden, later also brothers Werners went outside to take air.
take the air - 1. = take air 2: A few people were wandering among Ma's flower-beds, taking the air.
2. (sl.) leave; go away: I was very patient with the man, but when he became abusive I told him to take the air.
3. (euph.) leave to use the toilet: Danny rose and said he needed to take the air, a gentlemanly statement of his desire to use the outhouse.
4. rise into the air: Aviation or aviators' sickness... a train of complex symptoms occurring in those who take the air.
5. assume the manner of a person: 'Come you will be our honored guests at our banquet,' Katya said again taking the air of a ruler.