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smoking lamp

formerly, a lamp aboard ship for lighting pipes, now used figuratively to indicate when smoking is or is not allowed:
The smoking lamp is lit.
Origin of smoking lamp
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • He placed the smoking lamp upon the bare board table and turned.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • I go into the meager room, feebly lighted by a smoking lamp.

    A Blue Devil of France G. P. Capart
  • She poked the red lumps of coke and lowered the wick of the smoking lamp.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • Hammocks were already piped up and the smoking lamp was lit.

  • He looked at the smoking lamp and listened to the barking of the hungry dogs.

    The Colossus Opie Read
  • It was dirty and dark, being lit only by a smoking lamp on the mantel-shelf, and was not much larger than a full-sized cupboard.

  • Proudly the “Light of Home” sailed round the inverted soap-dish and the smoking lamp.

    Tommy Tregennis

    Mary Elizabeth Phillips
  • I raised myself on my elbows, and, in the light of the smoking lamp, saw that he was shaking all over.

    Over The Side W.W. Jacobs
  • Then they went away, and the puppet Rhine maidens returned and capered desperately about the smoking lamp.

    Wagner at Home Judith Gautier
  • The smoking lamp stood on the table, and in front of the fire was her mother hammering a ring off the kettle with a poker.

    Ditte: Girl Alive! Martin Andersen Nexo

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