[ smohk-out ]
/ ˈsmoʊkˌaʊt /
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a day during which smokers are encouraged to abstain from smoking as part of a campaign to emphasize the hazards of the practice.
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Origin of smokeout
Patterned on phrasal verbs with out as a perfective particle, as put out, stamp out, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for smokeout
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with smokeout
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]
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