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blow smoke

verb phrase

  1. To boast; brag; exaggerate: copssitting around drinking, blowing smoke, and kidding (1940s+)
  2. (also blow smoke up someone's ass or blow heat) To mislead; confuse; deceive: Anybody who tells you different's just blowing smoke up your ass (1940s+)
  3. To flatter; sweet-talk: Do you mean it, or are you just blowing smoke? (1940s+)
  4. To smoke marijuana or hashish: Everybody blew smoke there. You could buy hash (1930s+)

[fr both the presumed effects of smoking opium and the confusing and concealing effect of making a smokescreen]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • Now he must wash his mouth with water; now he must blow smoke; and when all that is done he has still his story to tell.

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • If you get hipped with a miss you can then growl out loud to a sympathetic ear, and blow smoke over the day together.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch

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