Language: Old English
Origin: smoca


1 noun
smoke1 S3 W3
1 [uncountable]D white, grey or black gas that is produced by something burning:
clouds of black smoke
cigarette smoke
Smoke from burning fields drifted across nearby roads.
the pall of smoke (=thick cloud of smoke) that hung over the city
wisp/puff of smoke (=a small amount of smoke)
Rangers watched from their fire towers for any wisps of smoke.
2 [countable usually singular] an act of smoking a cigarette etc:
He went outside for a quiet smoke.

(go) up in smoke

a) if something goes up in smoke, it burns so that it is completely destroyed:
The whole factory went up in smoke.
b) informal if a plan or some work goes up in smoke, it fails or you cannot continue with it:
We haven't worked this long just to see everything go up in smoke.
4 [countable] spokenDFTMDD a cigarette or drugs that are smoked:
Where are the smokes, Jeff?

there's no smoke without fire

also where there's smoke there's fire spoken used to say that if something bad is being said about someone, it is probably partly true

the Smoke

British English old-fashioned informal London or any large town or city

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