Nearby words

  1. smocking,
  2. smog,
  3. smogbound,
  4. smoggy,
  5. smokable,
  6. smoke alarm,
  7. smoke and mirrors,
  8. smoke bomb,
  9. smoke chamber,
  10. smoke detector


    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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for smoke out

smoke out

verb (tr, adverb)

to subject to smoke in order to drive out of hiding
to bring into the open; expose to the publicthey smoked out the plot


/ (sməʊk) /


the Smoke short for Big Smoke


/ (sməʊk) /



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

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Word Origin and History for smoke out
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Science definitions for smoke out


[ 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 out

smoke out

Expose, reveal, bring to public view, as in Reporters thrive on smoking out a scandal. This expression alludes to driving a person or animal out of a hiding place by filling it with smoke. [Late 1500s]


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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