- 1Extinguish (a candle or flame): a breeze snuffed out the candleMore example sentences
- My candle was snuffed out and I knew it would never relight again.
- All the candles were snuffed out immediately and a strong smell of brimstone and myrrh filled the room.
- Sure, the candle was snuffed out at one moment, but that could have been the wind.
- 1.2 • informal Kill or put an end to in an abrupt or sudden manner: his life was snuffed out by a sniper’s bulletMore example sentences
- But solid Warriors defence snuffs out the early threat.
- He came back on the offensive but still the York side tackled hard to snuff out scoring chances.
- Pakistan's hopes were snuffed out well before lunch after he struck in the very first ball of the day.
- 1.3 [no object] (snuff it) British • informal Die: the old girl’s snuffed itMore example sentences
- If she snuffs it, will normal television programmes be suspended and will there be a national Three Minute Silence?
- They'll buy a house, turn it into their own personal nursing home and when the last of them snuffs it, the nurses get the house.
- The family is in line for money left by Mother but not before the old boy upstairs snuffs it.
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late Middle English: of unknown origin.
- Powdered tobacco that is sniffed up the nostril rather than smoked: a pinch of snuffMore example sentences
- Eating out every other day or habits like chewing betel leaves, tobacco, taking snuff, smoking, and drinking take their toll on one's health and voice.
- Although bubble gum and candy are also packaged to resemble snuff, chewing tobacco, pipes, and cigars, we do not know if similar evidence exists for such products or in other countries.
- I would take my brown bag lunch down to Fish Creek behind the football field where I had smoked pot and done snuff back in my middle school.
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up to snuff • informal
- 1Up to the required standard: they need a million dollars to get their facilities up to snuffMore example sentences
- Our columnists are required to be up to snuff on everything and muster up opinions on a wide range of topics.
- More attention to detail - making sure his physique was evenly balanced and that weak points were brought up to snuff - was required.
- There are the occasional stories that on second/third/fourth look didn't hold up and I've very occasionally bought a story that I didn't think was up to snuff that I was pressured to buy for one reason or another.
late Middle English (as a verb): from Middle Dutch snuffen 'to snuffle'. The noun dates from the late 17th century and is probably an abbreviation of Dutch snuftabak.