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Big Smoke

(informal) the Big Smoke, a large city, esp London
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  • One night after Charley had been gone about three weeks, on nearing camp, I saw a big smoke coming out of the chimney.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • When it was well started we threw on some green stuff that made a big smoke.

    The Boy Scouts of Bob's Hill Charles Pierce Burton
  • If I see a fire I shall hurry to it, the way I came down to your big smoke.

  • I had to learn to eat these little piece of meat—we had a dish full of meat; the big smoke house was lined from the top down.

  • He began collecting dry wood and all manner of material calculated to make a big smoke.

    The Outdoor Chums After Big Game Captain Quincy Allen
  • There be a big smoke coming up from the old Logan shaft; it be too light for coal smoke, and I don't think it be steam either.

    Facing Death G. A. Henty
  • "There's a big smoke all ready to be started on top o' the Mound," explained a scout.

    The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters Charles Henry Lerrigo
  • If you-all need help by day make a big smoke on the roof, or if it's night just make a flare of fire.

    Curly Roger Pocock

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