Definition of smoke in English:

smoke

Syllabification: smoke
Pronunciation: /smōk
 
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noun

  • 1A visible suspension of carbon or other particles in air, typically one emitted from a burning substance: bonfire smoke
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    • Choking acrid smoke from the burning building engulfed nearby streets and flames could be seen leaping high into the sky.
    • When Mr Glister opened the back door to the club he was met by intense heat and thick smoke from his burning car.
    • He said the large volume of smoke was caused by burning tar.
    Synonyms
    fumes, exhaust, gas, vapor; smog
  • 1.1An act of smoking tobacco: I’m dying for a smoke
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    • Plus, when he went outside the apartment to take a quick smoke, he just looked like those fathers on the 50's sitcoms.
    • He says that he'd like one of his cigarettes for a smoke, then runs and smashes his hand through the window and gets a carton.
    • Although I was trying to quit smoking, the beer gave me a bad craving and when Mike went for a smoke, I followed and asked to bum one.
  • 1.2 informal A cigarette or cigar.
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    • Chandler pulled out his pack of cigarettes and lit his smoke, after leaning me against the building so I didn't fall over.
    • I heard a voice say hey youngfella, have you got a smoke. I gave him one and we start talking. I ask him how long he has been here.
    • "I came to smoke and talk with my cousin," said Slim Coyote, "so give me a smoke while I'm waiting. He won't mind, he's my cousin."

verb

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  • 1 [no object] Emit smoke or visible vapor: heat the oil until it just smokes (as adjective smoking) they huddled around his smoking fire in the winter damp
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    • The fire smoked on, until eventually a fireman was given the all-clear to escort me safely to my door.
    • The fires had to be lit and sometimes were left burning all night if there was a smoke problem, as a ‘clear’ fire never smoked.
    • Ships were still smoking and fires kept breaking out on the harbor and Matt knew that no matter what happened after this, he would never forget it.
    Synonyms
    smolder, emit smoke
    archaic reek
  • 1.1Inhale and exhale the smoke of tobacco or a drug: Janine was sitting at the kitchen table smoking (as noun smoking) the effect of smoking on health [with object]: he smoked forty cigarettes a day
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    • The report also showed 10 per cent of pupils were tobacco smokers - smoking at least one cigarette a week.
    • There are indications that using smokeless tobacco could be as detrimental to fetal health as cigarette smoking.
    • There is no ventilation system that reduces or eliminates the carcinogenic products of second-hand smoke or the sidestream smoke from cigarette smoking.
    Synonyms
    puff on, draw on, pull on; inhale; light
    informal drag on, toke
  • 2 [with object] (often as adjective smoked) Cure or preserve (meat or fish) by exposure to smoke: smoked salmon
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    • Smoked salmon can be substituted by any oily fish or even smoked venison or duck.
    • The latter are dumplings made with Bauernspeck, carefully cured and smoked bacon, a prominent speciality of the whole of the Tyrol.
    • Use a smoked gammon knuckle, smoked ham hock or whatever smoked bacon bones you can find - or talk your butcher into selling you the ham bone when they get to the end of carving off the meat.
    Synonyms
  • 2.1Treat (glass) so as to darken it: the smoked glass of his lenses
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    • Finding glass of such thickness is certainly going to prove quite difficult, especially as smoked glass is generally manufactured only up to 12 mm thick.
    • The outside is smoked glass decorated with a swirling pattern made from what looks like beaten copper.
    • Coke's chemists still work behind smoked glass surrounded by security guards.
  • 2.2Fumigate, cleanse, or purify by exposure to smoke.
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    • The room must be thoroughly smoked, even under the furniture, before the client leaves the room.
  • 2.3Subdue (insects, especially bees) by exposing them to smoke.
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    • Then a fire is lit at the base of the cliff to smoke the bees from their honeycombs.
    • Pry the top off the hive, slowly continuing to smoke the bees inside. Lift one corner and apply smoke. Next, move to each of the other corners and repeat.
    • When reassembling the hive, smoke the bees so that they move down and pause slightly before replacing hive bodies or covers.
  • 2.4 (smoke someone/something out) Drive someone or something out of a place by using smoke: we will fire the roof and smoke him out
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    • Or do they use of gas or smoke to try to smoke these people out?
  • 2.5 (smoke someone out) Force someone to make something known: as the press smokes him out on other human rights issues, he will be revealed as a social conservative
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    • The disclosure provision in the City Council's reparations bill will smoke them out.
  • 3 [with object] North American informal Kill (someone) by shooting.
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    • And he tells us to smoke him. [Intel] would tell the Lieutenant that he had to smoke the prisoners and that is what we were told to do.
    • He said, ‘You are a big lad so if you move I'll smoke you’.
    • I put the gun in his mouth and smoked him.
  • 3.1Defeat overwhelmingly in a fight or contest.
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    • We were completely smoked by the competition in our first race.
    • The excuses they came up with were unbelievable, they were completely smoked in the game, just lick your wounds, give the other team the credit they deserve.
    • Kathy smoked him in that final round and he received a C while she received an AA with 15 Greats.
  • 4 [with object] archaic Make fun of (someone): we baited her and smoked her

Phrases

blow smoke

Try to mislead or threaten someone by giving false or exaggerated information: the coach has been blowing smoke for the past three years about our program
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  • Larry, you and I have know each other long enough, we don't need to blow smoke at one another.
  • Continuing his attacks on Labour, Mr Howard said: ‘However hard Labour's spin doctors try to blow smoke in our eyes with junk statistics, hard working families understand the reality.’
  • Pompous politicians and other do-gooders love to blow smoke and their own horns as they crusade against legalized gambling.

go up in smoke

informal Be destroyed by fire.
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  • A TEENAGER'S Christmas presents went up in smoke when a fire caused by a scented candle destroyed her bedroom.
  • Vital funding for Settle Swimming Pool has gone up in smoke after vandals again set fire to a paper recycling trailer.
  • Fires started spontaneously and kitchen appliances went up in smoke.
(Of a plan) come to nothing: more than one dream is about to go up in smoke
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  • But that plan went up in smoke with the granting of planning permission for the Bellanaboy terminal.
  • That plan almost went up in smoke in an instant, but Hartley's strike from the edge of the area went narrowly wide for Hearts.
  • But as retirement nears, the company and its pension scheme goes up in smoke and with it your plans for a comfortable old age.

where there's smoke there's fire

proverb There’s always some reason for a rumor.
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  • But, he put on the agenda several things that I don't think anyone outside of a little Labor circle had ever heard of, and he put them out there on the agenda, and I think some people will say where there's smoke there's fire.
  • It certainly isn't true, but there are people who believe there's no smoke without fire.
  • There is no smoke without fire and I would not be surprised if something happens in the next six months.

smoke and mirrors

North American The obscuring or embellishing of the truth of a situation with misleading or irrelevant information: the budget process is an exercise in smoke and mirrors
[with reference to illusion created by magic tricks]
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  • The truth here is not even obscured with the usual smoke and mirrors.
  • Would you believe that all this ‘informed’ blather is just smoke and mirrors?
  • Major accounting firms were all too happy to be deceived by corporate smoke and mirrors, as long as they got lucrative consulting contracts.

smoke like a chimney

Smoke tobacco incessantly.
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  • Minttu smokes like a chimney… so I smoked too (like I needed an excuse).
  • MICHAEL DELVECCHIO tells PageSix.com, ‘She was drinking and smoking like a chimney, so we asked the security guard to tell her to put out her cigarette because there were young children present, but she just kept on doing it..’
  • Black says, quote, ‘I went on a kind of crazy rampage, me and another member of the cast, who will remain nameless, just running around, dancing around, and drinking, and exercising, and smoking like a chimney.’

Derivatives

smokable

(also smokeable) adjective
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  • In the tough, internal logic of the closed institution, there are also practical reasons to turn to the hard stuff: smokeable drugs are more difficult to consume in secret than injectable ones.
  • If the black market choose to supply an addictive substance like heroin or this smokable methamphetamine, you normally see a big chain reaction of crime following it as addicts struggle to support their habits.
  • Injection drug use and smokeable cocaine in particular are related to HIV transmission among Latinas, both through shared injection equipment and through sex-for-drugs-or-money exchanges.

Origin

Old English smoca (noun), smocian (verb), from the Germanic base of smēocan 'emit smoke'; related to Dutch smook and German Schmauch.

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