- 1A visible suspension of carbon or other particles in air, typically one emitted from a burning substance: bonfire smokeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1An act of smoking tobacco: I’m dying for a smokeMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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."
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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 dampMore example sentences
smolder, emit smoke• archaic reek
- 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.
- 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 dayMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [with object] (often as adjective smoked) Cure or preserve (meat or fish) by exposure to smoke: smoked salmonMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1Treat (glass) so as to darken it: the smoked glass of his lensesMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 outMore example sentences
- 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 conservativeMore example sentences
- The disclosure provision in the City Council's reparations bill will smoke them out.
- 3 [with object] North American • informal Kill (someone) by shooting.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
- 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 programMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 smokeMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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]More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.’
smokable (also smokeable)
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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.
Old English smoca (noun), smocian (verb), from the Germanic base of smēocan 'emit smoke'; related to Dutch smook and German Schmauch.