Definition of smoke noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sməʊk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//smoʊk//
    Addiction, Waste and pollution
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the grey, white or black gas that is produced by something burning cigarette smoke Clouds of thick black smoke billowed from the car's exhaust. See related entries: Waste and pollution
  2. 2  [countable, usually singular] (informal) an act of smoking a cigarette Are you coming outside for a smoke? See related entries: Addiction
  3. 3the Smoke [singular] (British English, informal) = big smoke
  4. Word OriginOld English smoca (noun), smocian (verb), from the Germanic base of smēocan ‘emit smoke’; related to Dutch smook and German Schmauch.Extra examples Blue smoke curled up from her cigarette. Don’t blow smoke in my face! Hundreds of people die each year as a result of exposure to second-hand smoke. I taught myself to blow smoke rings. I was taking a smoke break outside. She sat there wreathed in cigarette smoke. Smoke rose into the sky. The bar was thick with stale tobacco smoke. The barn went up in smoke. The car ahead was belching out black smoke. The club had a smoke machine and laser show. The witch disappeared in a puff of smoke. We sat drinking in a haze of cigarette smoke. When the smoke cleared we saw the extent of the damage. the smell of stale cigarette smoke on your clothes Clouds of thick black smoke billowed from the car’s exhaust. a smoke alarm/​detectorIdioms
    blow smoke (up somebody’s ass)
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    (taboo, North American English, slang) to try to trick somebody or lie to somebody, particularly by saying something is better than it really is
    1. 1to be completely burnt The whole house went up in smoke.
    2. 2if your plans, hopes, etc. go up in smoke, they fail completely Hopes of an early end to the dispute have gone up in smoke.
    (there is) no smoke without fire (British English) (North American English where there’s smoke, there’s fire)
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    (saying) if something bad is being said about somebody/something, it usually has some truth in it
    (disapproving) a decision that people describe as being made in a smoke-filled room is made by a small group of people at a private meeting, rather than in an open and democratic way
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: smoke