1. (US) to hang.
|Black Dog of Newgate in (1884) 79: There is a mischief done, and he fears someone will smoke for it.|
|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.
|Homer Travestie (1764) II 101: O warriors! cries this head of cod, / I’ll smoke great hector’s hide, by G-d.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 288: [as cit. 1762].|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 187: He’ll smoke those scoundrels for their sins.|
3. to have sexual intercourse.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
4. (Aus./N.Z., also smoke it, smoke one’s dot) to make a hasty departure [SE late 17C–19C].
|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.|
|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’.|
|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.|
|[||Smoke Bellew (1926) 102: My feet’s on terry-fermy now an’ I’m sure goin’ to make smoke].|
|Jimmy Brockett 44: As soon as Ziegler left I smoked off down there and demanded to see the manager.|
|Scholarly Mouse and other Tales 65: He turned in from the road and smoked up the track at a hell of a bat.|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 6: smoke it – to run very fast.|
5. (Aus.) vtr., to hide someone away.
|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 .|
|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.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 21 Apr. 1/1: All demoiselles newly arriving are smoked away in his joint till suspicion subsides.|
|Truth (Perth) 16 Apr. 6/3: They took alarm / And they smoked the kiddies elsewhere. / Faraway out of all harm.|
|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.
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 307: What do you know about that speed. Talk about a smoke ball!‘A Rain Check’ in|
|AS L:1/2 66: Gibson really smokes the ball.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
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].
|Hopalong Cassidy Returns 22: I want smokin’, an’ I’m goin’ to get it.|
|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’ .|
|Pulp Fiction (2006) 97: You birds cover those exits. Smoke him, if you have to.‘Stag Party’ in Penzler|
|Duke 168: Trig fired four shots and smoked them. One of their boys got it in the leg.|
|Fabulous Gunman 53: It wouldn’t have happened if I had smoked him down.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 818: smoke – To shoot.|
|Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 23: You want the killer smoked, is that it?|
|‘Fuck Wit Dre Day’ [lyrics] And watch your back cause you might get smoked, loc.|
|8 Ball Chicks (1998) 11: Don’t fuck with me because I will smoke your ass.|
|Drama City 103: He’d never smoked anyone/ He’d never [...] handled a gun.|
|Generation Kill ep. 2 [TV script] If we went through that town, we’d get smoked.‘Cradle of Civilization’|
|Running the Books 83: You want to smoke the judge who sent you here?|
|‘Today’ [lyrics] Smoke man normal.|
|‘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.|
|‘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.
|Campus Sl. Oct. 4: smokin’ – to do well [...] When he scored so many points he was really smokin’.|
|Campus Sl. Spring 5: smoke – to make an A.|
|Rivethead (1992) 194: I’ll be back. Give me a few weeks and we’ll be smokin’. They’ll never shut us down.|
|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’.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 39: That’s when he knew he could smoke like West Hell.|
9. to beat comprehensively (at sport).
|Campus Sl. Oct. 6: get smoked – get beaten.|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 4: smokin’ – to do well or to be victorious.|
|Double Whammy (1990) 48: I smoked him at the Atlanta Classic.|
|Campus Sl. Fall.|
|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.
|Way Past Cool 19: Maybe you can’t take no name cause the Crew come and smoke your butts?|