1. fig. uses based on the idea of smoking someone/something out.
(a) [mid-16C–mid-19C] to suspect.
(b) [late 16C] (UK Und.) of a member of a pickpocket team, to select a potential victim.
(c) [late 16C–mid-17C] to uncover or discover a person, used passively.
(d) [late 16C–1930s] (also smoke out) in active senses, to discover, to unmask a person or thing.
(e) [18C–mid-19C] as imper., take notice of.
(f) [mid-19C] (US) to understand.
2. fig. uses based on the idea of blowing smoke into someone’s face/eyes.
(a) [mid-17C–mid-19C] to cheat, to deceive; thus smoker n., one who deceives; smoking n., deception.
(b) [late 17C–mid-19C] to ridicule or attack a stranger verbally as soon as they enter the room; thus smoking n., an act of ridiculing someone.
(c) [20C+] (US, also smoke it, smoke someone’s ass) to fool, to give the wrong idea; thus smoke up v., to confess, to tell the truth [ass n. (4)].
3. fig. uses based on the idea of heat.
(a) [mid–late 19C] (UK teen) to blush.
(b) [20C+] (US) to get angry.
(c) [1970s] (US) to be dangerous (for criminal activity), i.e. to be hot adj. (5a)
4. [20C+] (US Und.) to be executed in a gas chamber.
[1940s] (US) the chamber holding the electric chair.
SE in slang uses
see under bowl n. (2)
see under toke n.2 (2)
[2000s] to work well and enthusiastically.
[1960s+] (S.Afr. drugs) to smoke a mixture of marijuana and powdered Mandrax (methaqualone).
[2000s] (US black) in phr. ‘I can/can’t smoke like that’, I can/cannot do something.
[20C+] (drugs) to smoke marijuana.
1. [1920s+] to get information from someone.
2. [1970s+] (US black) to impress, to outdo.
3. [2000s] (US) to collapse, to break down [automobile imagery].
4. see sense 1d above.
[1930s–50s] (Aus.) to think over.
see burn rubber v.
[1920s–70s] (US black) to stare at, to look over, to assess .
see under habit n.
1. [1900s] to smoke opium.
2. [1960s+] to smoke cannabis.