• 彼は私の小言を上の空で聞いていた
    • He listened to my scolding 「with an absent-minded air [absent-mindedly].
    • 熱心に話しかけたのに彼は上の空だった
    • I talked to him earnestly, but his mind was somewhere else.
    • 彼は上の空の返事しかしなかった
    • He gave only vacant answers.