Green’s Dictionary of Slang

smoke v.2

[SE smoke, to move or ride at a rapid pace]

1. (US) to hang.

[UK]Black Dog of Newgate in Griffiths (1884) 79: There is a mischief done, and he fears someone will smoke for it.
[US]A.N. Royall Letters from Alabama 19 Feb. 183: It’s as fair cheatin says I, as ever I seed in my life; and you can make him smoke for it. Yes, says Marchant, but catching’s before hanging – the villain’s cleared out.

2. to beat, to kill.

[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) II 101: O warriors! cries this head of cod, / I’ll smoke great hector’s hide, by G-d.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 288: [as cit. 1762].
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 187: He’ll smoke those scoundrels for their sins.

3. to have sexual intercourse.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.

4. (Aus./N.Z., also smoke it, smoke one’s dot) to make a hasty departure [SE late 17C–19C].

[Aus]Sydney Morning Herald 26 June 8/8: He said to the larrikins, ‘You have done for him now; you have killed him.’ ‘What!’ said one of them, ‘do not say we were here. Let us smoke.’ ‘Smoke’ it may be explained, is the slang for the ‘push’ to get away as fast as possible.
[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 133: SMOKE: slang to run away, make yourself scarce, do a get, mizzle. Sometimes ‘smoke your dot’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 13 Oct. 19/2: As soon as one of the team got down his drink, he smoked away, but each one remained near the door to see the finish of Bill’s idea. After draining his third glass, that irrigation genius strolled towards the door.
[[US]J. London Smoke Bellew (1926) 102: My feet’s on terry-fermy now an’ I’m sure goin’ to make smoke].
[Aus]D. Stivens Jimmy Brockett 44: As soon as Ziegler left I smoked off down there and demanded to see the manager.
[Aus]D. Stivens Scholarly Mouse and other Tales 65: He turned in from the road and smoked up the track at a hell of a bat.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct. 6: smoke it – to run very fast.

5. (Aus.) vtr., to hide someone away.

[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 3 Aug. 7/1: It is said that [...] M’Garrigal is smoked away on one of the rivers well inside the borders of N.S.W. and that he is not alone .
[Aus]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.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 21 Apr. 1/1: All demoiselles newly arriving are smoked away in his joint till suspicion subsides.
[Aus]Truth (Perth) 16 Apr. 6/3: They took alarm / And they smoked the kiddies elsewhere. / Faraway out of all harm.
[Aus]Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 11 Aug. 15/2: The missus’ stuff Is usually smoked in the soiled-linen bag.

6. to throw very fast, usu. of a ball; thus smoke ball n., a ball thrown very fast.

[US]Van Loan ‘A Rain Check’ in Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 307: What do you know about that speed. Talk about a smoke ball!
[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 66: Gibson really smokes the ball.

7. (also smoke off) to kill, to murder, to shoot at (with a firearm); thus smoking n., a murder or shooting [the image of smoke coming from the gun].

[US]C.E. Mulford Hopalong Cassidy Returns 22: I want smokin’, an’ I’m goin’ to get it.
[US]Chicago Trib. 28 Feb. 2/1: ‘It was a dirty trick to do what that rat did [...] A man that’d do a thing like that ought to get smoked off’ .
[US]C.G. Booth ‘Stag Party’ in Penzler Pulp Fiction (2006) 97: You birds cover those exits. Smoke him, if you have to.
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Duke 168: Trig fired four shots and smoked them. One of their boys got it in the leg.
[US]W.D. Overholser Fabulous Gunman 53: It wouldn’t have happened if I had smoked him down.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 818: smoke – To shoot.
[US]J. Wambaugh Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 23: You want the killer smoked, is that it?
[US]Dr Dre ‘Fuck Wit Dre Day’ [lyrics] And watch your back cause you might get smoked, loc.
[US]G. Sikes 8 Ball Chicks (1998) 11: Don’t fuck with me because I will smoke your ass.
[US]G. Pelecanos Drama City 103: He’d never smoked anyone/ He’d never [...] handled a gun.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘Cradle of Civilization’ Generation Kill ep. 2 [TV script] If we went through that town, we’d get smoked.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 83: You want to smoke the judge who sent you here?
67 ‘Today’ [lyrics] Smoke man normal.
F. Stuart ‘Dispatches from the Rap Wars’ in chicagomag.com [Internet] He thinks that this stuff is for play. He doesn’t realize that if he was in Chicago, we would have smoked his ass by now.
67 ‘Every Year’ [lyrics] Jump out like, ‘yo what’s up?’ (Whats good?) / Then I go smoke a 3.5 to the lung.

8. (US campus) to perform well, to behave impressively.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct. 4: smokin’ – to do well [...] When he scored so many points he was really smokin’.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Spring 5: smoke – to make an A.
[US]B. Hamper Rivethead (1992) 194: I’ll be back. Give me a few weeks and we’ll be smokin’. They’ll never shut us down.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 45: To smoke a test means ‘to do well’ and a test that is itself smokin,’ or is a smoker, is ‘a difficult one’.
[US]‘Touré’ Portable Promised Land (ms.) 39: That’s when he knew he could smoke like West Hell.

9. to beat comprehensively (at sport).

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct. 6: get smoked – get beaten.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct. 4: smokin’ – to do well or to be victorious.
[US]C. Hiaasen Double Whammy (1990) 48: I smoked him at the Atlanta Classic.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall.
Michael Lewis Money Ball 5–6: Not quite understanding why they are being asked to do it, the boys walk back to the starting line, and run their race all over again. Nothing important changes. ‘Billy just flat-out smoked ’em all,’ says Paul Weaver.
Huffington Post 16 Mar. [Internet] [headline] Rubio Gets Smoked By Trump In His own State Of Florida.

10. to beat up.

[UK]J. Mowry Way Past Cool 19: Maybe you can’t take no name cause the Crew come and smoke your butts?