1. fig. uses based on the idea of smoking someone/something out.
(a) to suspect.
|Detection of Vyle and Detestable Use of Dice Play 39: When the money is lost, the cousin begins to smoke, and swear that the drunken knave shall not get his money.|
|Jests to Make you Merrie in Grosart Works (1886) II 329: Kinchen, the coue towres, which is as much as, Fellow, the man smokes or suspects you.|
|Sir Martin Mar-all I i: Sir John, I fear, smoaks your Design.|
|Man of Mode III iii: Peace, they smoke.|
|Eng. Poets XI (1810) 377/2: Van [...] Takes a French play as lawful prize, / Steals thence his plot and every joke. / Not one suspecting Jove would smoke.‘Vanbrugh’s House’ in Chalmers|
|New Canting Dict. n.p.: smoke to suspect or smell a Design.|
|Distressd Wife III iv: I believe Sir Thomas smoaks their Intimacy.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. 1725].|
|Account 18 Mar. Pt II 7: The Gang surrounding the Ladies in order to make a greater Croud, and help Jenny off if she should be smoak’d.|
|Author in Works (1799) I 155: I begin to smoke, hey! Mr Cape? [...] Guilty or not?|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Elbow-Shakers! I ii: Why, Bill, that’s the chap we saw last night; – d’ye think he’ll smoke us?|
|Glance at N.Y. II ii: I’m afraid he’ll smoke if I go it on him too strong.|
(b) (UK Und.) of a member of a pickpocket team, to select a potential victim.
|Notable Discovery of Coosnage in Grosart (1881–3) X 38: In Figging law. The picke pocket, a Foin He that faceth the man, the Stale Taking the purse, Drawing Spying of him, Smoaking The purse, the Bong The monie, the Shels The Act doing, striking.|
(c) to uncover or discover a person, used passively.
|Art of Conny-Catching in Grosart (1881–3) 13: The Foist, the pick-pockets (sir reuerence I meane) is cros-bitten by the Snap, and so smoakt for his purchase.|
|Lanthorne and Candle-Light Ch. 5: The two Free-booters seeing themselues smoak’d told their third Brother.|
|Roaring Girle V i: Zounds, we are smoked!|
|Renegado IV i: All is come out, sir. We are smok’d for being cunnicatchers.|
|Eng. Moor IV v: I fear we shall be smoak’d then.|
|Mercurius Fumigosus 16 13–20 Sept. 142: They both fell fast asleep, and so were smoak’d (or found out) he with his hand upon her nunquam satis.|
|Account of Malefactors executed at Tyburn 18th Mar. 1740 [Internet] Some time or other when you are out upon Business, you may be smoak’d, and then perhaps all may be blown.|
|Bloody Register III 171: The gang surrounded the ladies in order to make a greater croud, and help Jenny off if she should be smoaked.|
(d) (also smoke out) in active senses, to discover, to unmask a person or thing.
|Defence of Conny-Catching 7: I haue for 3. pence bought a little Pamphlet, that hath taught me to smoke such a couple of knaues as you be.|
|Belman of London H3: He [...] layes waite to smoake or Boyle him.|
|Masque of Augurs in Moxon Works 230: Sir, we do come from among the brew-houses,... that’s true, there you have smoked us.|
|City-Madam III i: I’le hang you both you rascalls [...] You for a purse you cut In Powl’s at a sermon; I have smoak’d you.|
|Sir Martin Mar-all III i: I will not thank you for the Courtesie, which now I find you never did intend me—this is Confederacy, I smoak it now.|
|Fables of Aesop (1926) 6: The Cunning Gypsy smoak’d the Matter presently.|
|‘The (Dis-)Loyal Feast’ in Roxburghe Ballads (1885) V:1 149: But Royal Charles he smoak’d out the thing, / and sent the rabble with a Pox away.|
|Old Bachelor III ii: Oh! I begin to smoke ye.|
|London Spy XV 365: The Butcher Smoking the Cheat, Not I, by my Troth, Doctor.|
|Beaux’ Strategem II ii: The devil! how d’ye smoke ’em?|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy II 284: But Tony’s luck was confounded, The Duke soon smoak’d him a Round-head.|
|Provoked Husband II i: How will you prevent the Family’s smoking your Design?|
|Polite Conversation 42: I smoakt her huge Nose; and I’gad, she put me in Mind of the Woodcock, that strives to hide his long Bill, and then thinks no Body sees him.|
|Tom Jones (1959) 100: I smoke it; I smoke it, Tom is certainly the father of this bastard.|
|N.Y. Gazette Revived 15 Jan. 3/1: Old Wisewood smoak’d the Matter as it was.|
|Minor Introduction 4: If he smokes me for the author, I shall be dash’d out of her codicil.|
|The Bankrupt II ii: Should they smoke his design...|
|Festival of Anacreon (1810) 39: For should Sir Fletcher smoke the joke, / He’d bring it in crim. con.!et al. ‘Song’|
|Way to Get Married in Inchbold (1808) XXV 32: Let me get off these trappings – the Londoner will smoke me.|
|John Bull II i: I have smoked him.|
|Doctor Syntax, Picturesque (1868) 34/2: An honest ’Squire, who smok’d the trick.|
|Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 265: We mustn’t allow Jonathan to smoke us [...] let us get out of this place.|
|Westward Ho! I 123: I began to smoke him for one of these fellers that drive a sort of trade of making books about Old Kentuck.|
|Yellowplush Papers in Works III (1898) 342: It’s you yourself, you thief of the world: we smoked you from the very beginning.|
|Ingoldsby Legends (1842) 284: He ‘smelt the rat,’ and he ‘smoked’ the trick.‘Lay of St. Medard’|
|Paved with Gold 255: I thought he was a ‘queer gill’ (suspicious) at first, and smoked us, from what he palavered to Phil when he gave him his ‘deux-wins’ (twopence).|
|‘Toasts & Sentiments’ Rambler’s Flash Songster 48: May all who smoke my meaning get good shagg in Petticoat-lane.|
|Five Years’ Penal Servitude 220: He stayed in a place doing the grand, and sucking the flats, till the folks began to smoke him as not all there.|
|Newcastle Courant 2 Dec. 6/6: The Nobbler has been here. He hasn’t smoked me, however, or I’d have mizzled.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 28 Mar. 10/1: At length, when half the country round / Had ‘smoked’ the stillers’ game, / To make the capture doubly sure, / Two special troopers came.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 12 Dec. 1/1: Our suggest [...] will probably be tested, unless his police pals ‘smoke’ him out of the way.|
|Teleg. (Brisbane) 30 Sept. 3/8: When questioned about Gill, the accused said, ‘I smoked the other man away to Sydney in the train to-day’.|
|Lucky Seventh (2004) 187: I [...] started to pump him a little, and he smoked me out right away.‘The Mexican Marvel’|
|AS IX:1 27: smoke. To look at; to notice.‘Prison Parlance’ in|
|Sleep with Strangers (1983) [ebook] That sum should smoke out something if there was anything to get.|
|Wire ser. 4 ep. 7 [TV script] Couldn’t smoke out who was pullin’ the strings.‘Unto Others’|
(e) as imper., take notice of.
|Drummer III i: But see! smoak the doctor.|
|Polite Conversation 45: Pray, Madam, smoak Miss yonder biting her Lips.|
|Brave Irishman I ii: Smoke his sword.|
|Orators in Works (1799) I 211: Smoke the justice, he is as fast as a church.|
|Sporting Mag. May X 115/1: Smoke the quiz, with his long knuckle dabs.|
|‘Jacko and Judas’ Slops Shave at a Broken Hone 19: ‘Now, Jacko, quiz the King.’ – ‘Now smoke the parson.’.|
|Young Singleton viii: ‘Smoke the big-wig Lund!’ whispered Fotheringay, winking at Mat .|
(f) (US) to understand.
|Polite Conversation 36: Ay, but Tom, smoak that, she calls you Puppy by Craft.|
|Innocents at Home 332: You don’t smoke me and I don’t smoke you.|
2. fig. uses based on the idea of blowing smoke into someone’s face/eyes.
(a) to cheat, to deceive; thus smoker n., one who deceives; smoking n., deception.
|Strange Newes 5: Bess. We two so smoakt him [...] that by drinking, sporting and kissing the fool lost his purse, but how he knew not.|
|Squire of Alsatia IV i: I am not so dark neither; I am sharp, sharp as a needle. I can smoke now, as soon as another.|
|Memoirs (1995) III 201: By Jupiter, he has fairly smoked us all.|
|Poetical Vagaries 136: These wooden Wits, these Quizzers, Queerers, Smokers.‘Two Parsons’|
|Perils of Pearl Street 77: The fellow takes me for a country dealer. Good! I’ll smoke him.|
|City of the Saints 103: In this age [...] the western man has become more sensitive to the operation of ‘smoking’.|
|‘Paddy Burke’ Donnybrook-Fair Comic Songster 66: May the Peter Funks rope ’em, / And John Anderson smoke ’em.|
|Way Past Cool 74: Figure that pussy little sucker gonna smoke Miss Crabtreee into marryin him?|
(b) to ridicule or attack a stranger verbally as soon as they enter the room; thus smoking n., an act of ridiculing someone.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Smoke him, Smoke him again, to affront a Stranger at his coming in.|
|F&H].Ans. to Sheridan’s New Simile n.p.: With which he made a tearing show; And Dido quickly smok’d the beau [|
|Diary and Letters (1904) II 14: ‘Oh! [...] what a smoking did Miss Burney give Mr. Crutchley!’ ‘A smoking indeed!’ cried he.|
|Sporting Mag. Nov. VII 109/1: A fellow that was clever at a joke, / Expert in all the arts to teaze and smoke.|
|Raising the Wind II i: plain: So, she’s returning [...] Now we’ll smoak her. diddler: (Aside) I’ll join the laugh at all events.|
|Real Life in London I 559: Zounds! [...] these fellows are smoking us; and, in the midst of my instructions to guard you against the abuses of the Metropolis, we have ourselves become the dupes of an impostor.|
|(con. 1835–40) Bold Bendigo 286: They were well warmed with wine and insisted upon ‘smoking’ Buck Castleton.|
(c) (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)].
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 62: Better smoke up, Ida. You’re a lyin’.|
|You Can Search Me 61: Please don’t smoke, there are ladies present!|
|Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 173: Think he’s smoking it or what?|
|Six Out Seven (1994) 298: Well, we all kinda po’ here too, man. Don’t let all this blubber smoke your ass.|
|‘Good Stuff’ [lyrics] Like you major boy you have done played yourself / Too $hort smoked you like a Newport.|
3. fig. uses based on the idea of heat.
(a) (UK teen) to blush.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
(b) (US) to get angry.
|Log of a Cowboy 360: When my father returned home that night, there was a family round-up, for he was smoking under the collar.|
|Chosen Few (1966) 161: Them niggahs got their heads smokin’ and started a young war right in those huts, shootin’ at each other like kids playin’ cops’n robbers.|
|CUSS 199: Smoke Go wild.et al.|
(c) (US) to be dangerous (for criminal activity), i.e. to be hot adj. (5a)
|Ghetto Sketches 237: The streets is smokin’ . . . ever since that shit with kwendi, we really been in a bind.|
4. (US Und.) to be executed in a gas chamber.
|[||Lead With Your Left (1958) 17: He went up in smoke in the chair].|
5. (UK black/gang) to shoot.
|‘Hazards’ [lyrics] Before I smoke, I used to step with bassy.|
(US) the chamber holding the electric chair.
|Dan Turner - Hollywood Detective Feb. [Internet] Something that’ll buy him a one-way ticket to the smoke house at San Quentin.‘Feature Snatch!’|
SE in slang uses
see under bowl n. (2)
see under toke n.2 (2)
to work well and enthusiastically.
|Guardian Guide 18–24 Mar. 25: Rest assured, they’re not faking, still smoking bacon.|
(S.Afr. drugs) to smoke a mixture of marijuana and powdered Mandrax (methaqualone).
|Cape Times 1 Dec. 11: Smoking dagga green is mostly for the beginner and soon he becomes addicted to smoking his ‘skuif’ or ‘pil’ white. (The term white indicates that mandrax tablets ground to a fine white powder have been sprinkled onto the smoker’s green dagga.) [DSAE].|
(US black) in phr. ‘I can/can’t smoke like that’, I can/cannot do something.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] smoke like dat Definition: can be used as ‘I can’ or ‘can’t’ do something. Example: Man dat nigga want $35 fo dat lil ass sack, I can’t even smoke like dat.|
(drugs) to smoke marijuana.
|Prison Sl. 73: Smoke One Smoking a marijuana cigarette.|
1. to get information from someone.
|Nightmare Town (2001) 245: I’d like to smoke it out a little further, far enough to put anybody away who has been trying to run a hooligan on the North American.‘Tom, Dick, or Harry’ in|
|Case of the Crooked Candle (1958) 60: Mason said ‘Phooey! The police will smoke all this out [...] They’ll ask her to account for all her motions on Friday afternoon.’.|
2. (US black) to impress, to outdo.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 107: The expressions that characterize an extraordinary performance, to cook, to blow fire, to smoke out someone.|
3. (US) to collapse, to break down [automobile imagery].
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 18: Get one of these bum tickers to smoke out in the sack, it’s payday.|
4. see sense 1d above.
(Aus.) to think over.
|(con. 1936–46) Winged Seeds (1984) 331: ‘If you make up your mind to go, though,’ he added, pausing to smoke over what he was saying, ‘it’d better be soon.’.|
see burn rubber v.
(US black) to stare at, to look over, to assess .
|Walls Of Jericho 154: And I smoke him over, and he’s grinnin’ like a Chess-cat with a mouse.|
|Mules and Men (1995) 19: Get out de way there and let a real man smoke them toes over.|
|Novels and Stories (1995) 1010: Smoking, or smoking over: looking someone over.‘Story in Harlem Sl.’ in|
|(con. 1950s) Whoreson 101: Now that you have smoked me over at close range.|
see under habit n.
1. to smoke opium.
|Life In Sing Sing 261: We got the stuff all right. Well, I’m off to the joint to smoke-up, so-so.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 361: Hey, call the Chink and let’s smoke up!|
2. to smoke cannabis.
|Sweet Ride 31: We threw a big bash, smoked up a storm of pot.|
|Thumb Tripping (1971) 178: All those straight adults smoking up.|
|Totally True Diaries of an Eighties Roller Queen [Internet] 5–26 Sept. The monthly dance was last Friday and Steve was with this other girl. Everyone was smoking up. Marijuana could be smelled throughout the entire cafeteria.|