Idioms

    go up/endin smoke, to terminate without producing a result; be unsuccessful: All our dreams went up in smoke.

Origin of smoke

before 1000; (noun) Middle English; Old English smoca; (v.) Middle English smoken, Old English smocian
Related formssmoke·like, adjectivean·ti·smoke, adjective, nounun·smoked, adjectiveun·smok·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for smoke (1 of 2)

smoke

/ (sməʊk) /

noun

verb

See also smoke out
Derived Formssmokable or smokeable, adjective

Word Origin for smoke

Old English smoca (n); related to Middle Dutch smieken to emit smoke

British Dictionary definitions for smoke (2 of 2)

Smoke

/ (sməʊk) /

noun

the Smoke short for Big Smoke
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Science definitions for smoke

smoke

[ smōk ]

A mixture of carbon dioxide, water vapor, and other gases, usually containing particles of soot or other solids, produced by the burning of carbon-containing materials such as wood and coal.
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Idioms and Phrases with smoke

smoke


In addition to the idiom beginning with smoke

  • smoke out

also see:

  • chain smoker
  • go up in flames (smoke)
  • holy cow (smoke)
  • no smoke without fire
  • watch one's dust (smoke)
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