1. in fig. senses.
|Detection of Vyle and Detestable Use of Dice Play 28: There be divers kind of cogging, but of all other the Spanish cogg bears the bell, and seldom raiseth any smoke.|
|Mother Bombie I i: Nowe for my wife, I would haue this kept from her, else shal I not be able to keepe my house from smoake, for let it come to one of her ears, & then wo to both mine.|
(b) myth, illusion, fantasy, esp. when actively promoted as disinformation or lies; thus smoky adj., deceptive.
|Menaphon (1927) 77: You meane to follow sute and seruice, though you get but a handfull of smoake to the bargaine.|
|Ipswich Jrnl 8 Sept. 2/1: We have had Rumours of War [...] for several Years past, which have all ended in pacifick Smoke.|
|Caledonian Mercury 24 July 3/2: It is believed all his long Negotiations in Mardrid, from which the French promised themselves so mucvh, is likely to vanish into Smoke.|
|Kentish Gaz. 18 Sept. 2/1: Great ex[ectations were formed from each event. In what did expectation end? Bot the one and the other ended in — smoke.|
|‘Little Joe, the Chimney Sweeper’ inI (1975) 158: Tis they who deal in smoke.|
|Major Downing (1834) 86: Newspapers were dreadful smoky things, and any body couldn’t read in ’em half and hour without having their eyes so full of smoke they couldn’t tell a pig-sty from a meeting house.|
|‘Authors & Actors’ Bentley’s Misc. Feb. 133: I swallowed a quantity of the smoke last night in your new piece.|
|London Assurance in London Assurance and other Victorian Comedies Act V: I know it will all end in smoke.|
|Vocabulum 82: smoke Humbug; any thing said to conceal the true sentiment of the talker; to cover the intent.|
|‘Fenians Are Coming’ in Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 113: Why, says Nell, it will end in a bottle of smoke.|
|Rolling Stones (1913) 47: And then I began to catch his smoke.‘Atavism of John Tom Little Bear’|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 305: If only they could get a grip on the right words. They couldn’t, and were keenly aware of their smokes.Young Manhood in|
|Horse’s Mouth (1948) 15: Coker was church, teetotal and no smoke.|
|Alice in La-La Land (1999) 42: ‘Word is he also punches out whores.’ ‘Half that word is bullshit and the other half blue smoke most of the time.’.|
|Way Past Cool 258: What’s all this shit, man? There too much fuckin smoke in the air tonight.|
|Eddie’s World 3: It looks attractive but it could just be smoke.|
(c) (US) a fuss.
|Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (2001) 57: ‘What deh hell do dey wanna’ raise such a smoke about it fer?’ [...] He saw no necessity for anyone’s losing their equilibrium merely because their sister or their daughter had stayed away from home.|
|Spoilers 161: ‘A green ’and might think it a improvement to put it on the ole man, y’see, whereas you ...’ ‘I bar that.’ ‘So do I, Chick; so do I. Makes too much of a smoke, murder does.’.|
(d) (US) a blur.
|Inter Ocean (Chicago) 25 Jan. 34/3: The remainder of that evening is a good deal of a smoke to me.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 47: I could use a little smoke.|
2. in lit. uses, pertaining to smoking tobacco or drugs.
(a) (also smoking) anything smokeable, a cigar, a pipe, a cigarette, tobacco.
|Lanthorne and Candle-Light Ch. 3: Some lie in ambush to note [...] in what Tobacco-shop in Fleet-street he takes a pipe of Smoake in the afternoone.|
|Times’ Whistle Sat. V 2219: And skip-iacke now will have his pipe of smoke, And whiff it bravely till hee’s like to choke.|
|Elynour Rummynge (rev. edn) in Harleian Misc. I (1744–46) 478: Your pipes and your smoakes.|
|Hebron Rec. (MS) n.p.: Pepoon, Silas, [...] 1 clock, 1 smoke 7/16 [DA].|
|Hebron Rec. (MS) n.p.: Pepoon, Joseph, [...] 1 silver watch, 3 smokes 3rd rate [DA].|
|Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. I 77: An it’s a smoke ’ud comfort me poor breakin’ heart!|
|Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) I 64: If Mr Larkyns was no smoker himself, he at least kept a bountiful supply of ‘smoke’ for his friends.|
|Eton School Days 10: Want some smoke, eh?|
|Leeds Times 28 Mar. 6/5: I go across the road and get two or three smokes — they’ve got nothing but pickwicks.|
|‘’Arry on His ’Oliday’ Punch 13 Oct. 161/1: The weeds as I’ve blown is a caution; — I’m nuts on a tuppenny smoke.|
|All Sloper’s Half Holiday 8 May 5/1: Kicking up her leg [...] la Comtesse de Juponcourte ignited a twopenny smoke.|
|‘’Arry on Song and Sentiment’ in Punch 14 Nov. 229/1: To cut a fair dash, dress slap-uppish, ’ave fourpenny smokes and good drink.|
|Soldiers Three (1907) 21: Ivry time there was a good dhrink an’ a handful o’ good smooaks.‘Private Learoyd’s Story’|
|Boy’s Own Paper 16 Feb. 306: The boys having coffee and cakes, their elders coffee and smokes. [Ibid.] 23 Mar. 388: Try these smokes; I am told they are not absolutely repulsive.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 14 Feb. 4/5: [He] gave the latter a few of the smokes he had purchased.|
|Everlasting Mercy 23: A dozen more were in their glories / With laughs and smokes and smutty stories.|
|Spats’ Fact’ry (1922) 58: His hand trifled mechanically with a packet of ‘smokes’ in his left trouser pocket.|
|From Coast to Coast with Jack London 106: When a messenger had returned with a box of smokes, Sanders personally saw to the distribution of the cigars.|
|What Outfit, Buddy? 152: ‘Any cigarettes?’ asked Joyce [...] ‘All out of smokings,’ was the disappointing answer.|
|Chicago May (1929) 184: If any relative of mine has fallen so low as to wear a red coat, he deserved to go without smokes.|
|Put on the Spot 18: The blonde lit a smoke.|
|We Were the Rats 122: About time we got an issue er smokes. [Ibid.] 234: I wouldn’t take a man’s last smoke.|
|One Lonely Night 10: I pulled on a smoke until it caught in my lungs.|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act II: We caught him with a fag-case stuffed with British army smokes!|
|We Think The World Of You (1971) 130: There was no doubt of it, he had terribly missed his smokes.|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 63: Keep an eye on him or he’ll thieve your smokes.|
|Inner City Hoodlum 30: Johnny took a long drag on his smoke.|
|Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 35: Petrol’s up and smokes are dear.|
|Heroin Annie [e-book] Do you want anything, smokes?‘Luck of Clem Carter’ in|
|Homeboy 213: I’ll have your smokes at [...] lunch call.|
|Chopper From The Inside 133: I borrowed two cartons of smokes for Alex.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 167: Karras stopped off for [...] smokes and a couple of six-packs.|
|Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] I’ll take a smoke off you.|
|Snitch Jacket 153: He started rolling smokes on the bar top.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Dug out enough [i.e. gold] to pay for his smokes and bullets.‘In Savage Freedom’ in|
(b) the action of smoking a cigarette, cigar or pipe; thus do a smoke v.
|Georgia Scenes 213: Mrs. B. [to Mrs. S.]. Well, let’s light our pipes, and take a short smoke, and go to bed [DA].|
|Diary in India II 53: A few soldiers, in red and green coats, [were] lounging about, taking an early morning smoke.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 13 Jan. 10/2: [H]e had been doing a smoke on the pavement outside when a bobby rushed out to tell him that his especial drunk was on.|
|Lord Jim 121: ‘It isn’t half-past one yet’ says I; ‘you might snatch a smoke first.’.|
|El Paso Herald (TX) 8 Sept. 8: Winsor the hophead had taken his last smoke. He decided to throw the old bamboo out of the window.‘Daffydills’ in|
|Burton Dly Mail 13 Oct. 4/2: ‘I really don’t know how we should get along without a smoke as it tends to make life a lot more rosier for us’.|
|Confessions of a Twentieth Century Hobo 120: Nearly seventeen hours without food or drink or a smoke.|
|Shadows of Men 215: After a long smoke Hypo would imagine he was dying.|
|Chicago Daily News 23 Nov. 21/2: Just let Quagmire try to sneak a quick smoke—wow! he’s a regular blood-hound [DA].|
|Owning Up (1974) 79: Mick was never against featuring soloists (it gave him time for a quick smoke in the wings).|
|Dly Mirror (London) 24 Dec. 3/1: Must take a smoke [...] have an overwhelming desire to [...] have a cigarette.|
|Fixx 308: We had a smoke and went to sleep.|
|Panopticon (2013) 69: The first smoke of the day is always the best for me.|
(c) (Aus.) a party [SE smoker].
|Bulletin (Sydney) 25 Apr. 14/1: On Thursday evening the Redferns held a big ‘smoke’ to celebrate the opening of the season.|
(d) (US) a portion or share taken from a can or pail of beer [the putting of one’s lips to the can and sucking down the beer resembles puffing on a pipe].
|George’s Mother (2001) 122: Youse gits one smoke at d’ can b’cause yeh b’longs t’ d’ gang.|
(e) (drugs) opium.
|‘Bail Up!’ 215: If you want to enjoy the smoke [i.e. opium], you mustn’t take spirits before it.|
|Things Chinese 494: The flame of the lamp passes over it, converting part of it into the so-called smoke.|
|God’s Man 376: You better can that black smoke, young fellow, or it’ll have you in the funny-house.|
|(ref. to late 1898) Amer. Madam (1981) 271: They looked glum and washed out to me, but maybe they were getting over a session of smoke [opium].|
|Farm (1968) 76: I think it was mostly keepin her smoke habit up.|
|Lowspeak 130: Smoke – opium.|
|Bismarck Times (ND) 10 Aug. n.p.: ‘Opium is our doctor [...] When your stomach hurts, you take a smoke’.|
(f) the action of smoking opium.
|Works 33 (1900) 286: I’ve got a pretty many smokes ready for you, first and last, haven’t I, chuckey?Edwin Drood in|
|Falkirk Herald 6 Apr. 2/1: Wanting to have a smoke, and not being able to get opium, is a hundred times worse.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 24 May 7/4: Wobbling round the ring like a dissipated Chinaman after a big smoke.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 127: A guy can’t get no coin when he’s dyin’ fur a smoke.|
|Truth (Sydney) 16 Mar. 11/4: Fashionable swells of women / Do consider it a joke, / For to lay about there daily / For to do their little smoke!|
|Hop-Heads 82: We’ll run over to ‘the Chink’s’ for a smoke.|
|Black Mask Aug. III 55: You got the mud, Adams? [...] I’m damn near dead for a smoke.|
|Traffic In Narcotics 315: smoke. A bout of opium smoking.|
(g) marijuana, esp. a marijuana cigarette.
|N.Y. Times 18 Oct. n.p.: The detectives bought a box of the ‘smokes’ for $2 and then called in the other raiders.|
|Cold Stone Jug (1981) II 24: He passes me the dagga-smoke again.|
|Gay Detective (2003) 91: All three were busy with their smokes, tittering and laughing [...] inanely.|
|Rappin’ and Stylin’ Out (1972) 381: His eyes were mere slits, heavily weighted down by the mellow smoke—light-green marijuana.‘Aspiration’ in Kochman|
|Close Quarters (1987) 13: Sometimes he would strop it [...] for hours, especially after we had smoked some smokes.|
|(con. 1970s) Donnie Brasco (2006) 288: ‘The hard stuff and the smoke is what’s selling big now in New York.’ He had one outlet immediately for 300 pounds of grass.|
|Powder 321: I’ve got good smoke, here!|
|Night Gardener 166: Wonder how much cocaine and smoke is trading hands in those bathrooms.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘A smoke would make it better,’ Chloe said. Joy proffered the Port Royal pack. Chloe shook her head. ‘A smoke smoke. There any around here?’.|
(h) the action of smoking cannabis.
|Stories (1985) 73: ‘You guys ready for another smoke?’.|
|Puberty Blues 115: Comin’ for a smoke?|
|in Living Dangerously 77: We’d always have our friends around, for a drink or a smoke.|
|Powder 193: They pulled over for a smoke.|
|Luck in the Greater West (2008) 110: She and Melissa had gone for plenty of smokes with boys.|
(i) crack cocaine.
|Do or Die (1992) 59: Afterwards, we give ’em some smoke. That’s all they was workin’ for anyway, them little biddy rocks we give ’em.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 19: Smoke — Marijuana; Crack Cocaine; heroin and crack.|
|Way Home (2009) 176: He had not taken care of himself, with his poor diet, drinking, all manner of smoke, and powder when he could get it.|
3. in context of skin colour.
(a) a derog. term for a black person, also attrib.; thus smokeville n., a community of black people.
|Tennessean (Nashville, TN) 12 July 4/8: A negro named ‘Smoke’ [...] was standing on Cedar Street.|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 75: He thanked those present for their encouragement…and said he was as near the championship as he could be, considering that a negro held that prize and he refused to quarrel with a ‘smoke’.in Zwilling|
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 73: [T]here ain’t no crap-shootin’, policy-playin’, pigeon-brained, pipe-fiend smoke in the bad lands that’s got a thing in the world on that guy when it comes to bein’ superstitious!|
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 91: ‘Clancy an’ the smoke porter pick him up, chair an all, an’ move him into the back room’.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 5 Dec. 2s/4: In some States of America the white youths are taught to consider the negro as no more human than a gorilla [...] When Jeffries goes into the ring against the Big Smoke [i.e. Jack Johnson] we are tipping there will be no hand-shake prior to the first round.|
|Hull Dly Mail 7 Aug. 1/6: The negro [is] a ‘smoke’.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 14 Jan. 3/1: A conference has been arranged [...] at which it will be decided what to do with the Big Black Smoke [John Johnson] .|
|Manhattan Transfer 115: ‘It’s a shine ’at set the fire.’ [...] ‘God, he’s a meanlookin smoke.’.|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 4: He had bashed the living moses out of that smoke who pulled a razor on him.Young Lonigan in|
|Kingsblood Royal (2001) 16: I believe the ice pick is preferred now, by the better smokes.|
|Always the Young Strangers 283: I could see he would like to fight me if I was willing, a ‘snork’ and a ‘smoke’ bloodying each other’s noses.|
|Pinktoes (1989) 21: Most Negroes live together [...] in their own communities, such being known as black-belts, dark-towns, nigger-slums, fly-burgs, smoke-villes or simply colored districts.|
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 27: If you were a smoke, the only way you’d ever make the Express was the day you celebrated your 142nd birthday.|
|Lang. of Ethnic Conflict 47: Color Allusions, Other than ‘Black’ and ‘Negro’: […] smoke [1920s. Also smokey, -y, and smokey-joe].|
|High Cotton (1993) 140: I would come to no good among the no accounts, burrheads, shines, smokes, charcoals, dinges, coons, monkeys, jungle bunnies, jigaboos, spagingy-spagades, moleskins, California rollers, Murphy dogs, and diamond switchers.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 446: I ran that smoke out of town three months ago.|
(b) as used by a black person, thus not derog.
|Nigger Heaven 13: Blues, smokes, dinges, charcoals, chocolate browns, shines, and jigs. [Ibid.] 192: Ah can’ ’count fo’ duh actions an’ movements o’ dis bunch o’ smokes.|
|Kingsblood Royal (2001) 236: What does a smoke want of drayma when he can get a bankroll and a nice piece.|
(c) (US) a Mexican.
|Pearls Are a Nuisance (1964) 65: ‘I’m making a little play at Las Olindas tonight,’ he said. ‘At Canales’ place.’ ‘The white smoke?’.‘Finger Man’ in|
4. any cheap, rotgut alcohol, esp. denatured alcohol shaken up with water and drunk by down-and-out alcoholic tramps [the liquid turns cloudy when shaken].
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Aug. 14/1: I am reminded of a pub. out from Adavale (Q.) which I struck one blazing summer day. I was biking it, and had done 40 miles against a head wind. On arrival, I invited ‘mine host’ to join me in a drink – 2s. (‘Bob a nip,’ thinks I – ‘smoke!’).|
|Cabbages and Kings 58: Bottles of brandy [...] Scotch ‘smoke’ and inexpensive wines behind the little counter.|
|Whirligigs (1939) 11: Merriam sat in a corner [...] and smoked and drank Scotch ‘smoke’.‘The World and the Door’ in|
|New York Day by Day 31 May [synd. col.] ‘Bowery smoke’ – the varnish and acid hooch that sells for 20 cents a shot.|
|Prison Nurse (1964) 95: These crummy bastards won’t know the difference; most of them never guzzled anything but ‘smoke’.|
|McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (2001) 29: A bottle of Canadian whiskey, which she calls ‘smoke’.|
|Blackboard Jungle 198: What the hell was smoke, anyway? Something alcoholics did with wood alcohol, or denatured alcohol, or something.|
|Rage in Harlem (1969) 35: Ain’t nothing but smoke... Lots of folks here in the Valley won’t drink nothing else.|
5. (US) the ideal, the best.
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 90: Mutt is the real smoke for President. He will make Mr. Daft and Mr. Chinning look like a couple of cracked crabs.|
6. (US campus) $1 [so small a sum ‘goes up in smoke’].
|AS L:1/2 66: That beer cost us twelve smokes.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
7. (US campus) an attractive female.
|Campus Sl. Nov.|
8. (UK Black, also smokie) a gun.
|‘Hoohaks’ [lyrics] I said don't get caught with a smoke / [...] / Niggas dem love gun play, they love putting corn in them clips.|
|‘It’s Frying’ [lyrics] I'll be in Notre Dame with them smoky things, you know bullets be flying.|
|‘Waps’ [lyrics] Gang shit, turn up and party with smokies.|
Pertaining to smoking tobacco or drugs
(US) an opium den.
|You Can Search Me 33: A ride through this tunnel on a hot day will put you over on Woosey Avenue quicker than a No. 9 pill in Hop Lee’s smoke factory.|
|Hop-Heads 92: I’m going to scout around and see if it is safe enough for us to go into the Chink’s smoke joint.|
a crack cocaine addict.
|Bonfire of the Vanities 528: We’ve blown the cover on this lowlife smokehead he’s got for a witness.|
1. a crack cocaine addict.
|Wire ser. 4 ep. 8 [TV script] Next thing they’re working on some fourteen-year-old smokehound like he’s Bin Laden.‘Corner Boys’|
2. a marijuana smoker.
|Lush Life 8: Geohagen [...] holds up a Ziploc of weed. ‘Because we need more fuckin smokehounds.’.|
see separate entry.
(drugs) anywhere that people can gather to smoke opium, later marijuana.
|(ref. to 1924) Real Jazz Old and New 145: Smoke pad, the cot on which the [opium] smoking is done.|
(US drugs) a place or shop where marijuana is sold, esp. somewhat openly.
|Coll. Stories (1990) 29: They’d seen each other around Bunch Boy’s smoke shop at various times.‘A Nigger’ in|
|Teen-Age Mafia 117: Whitey picked her up one night in a skid-row smoke shack.|
|Spidertown (1994) 64: Buying supplies at a smoke shop on West Fourth Street, bartering for crack vials, and dropping off packages.|
(US) Pittsburgh, PA, thus Smoketowner, a local inhabitant.
|Brooklyn Dly Eagle (NY) 13 Sept. 23/4: Glazner lived up to everything that the Smokeville boss expected of him.|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 5 Mar. 11/1: Johnny Hill, her man from Smoketown [...] with wandering optics.|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 6 Jan. 5: [headline]Lovely ‘Little Bo’ Captivates Smoketowners.|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 10 July 10/4: Two delightful visiors stopped over in Smoketown.|
(US black) a large and smoky marijuana cigarette.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] smoke wagon Definition: anotha name for a blunt dat clouds up da room Example: I cant see shit. Dat smoke wagon is foggin the room.|
1. (drugs) to inhale cocaine.
|ONDCP Street Terms 3: Blow smoke — To inhale cocaine.|
2. (US campus) to smoke marijuana.
|Campus Sl. Fall 2: blow some smoke – use marijuana.|
to smoke marijuana.
|Queens’ Vernacular 210: to smoke marijuana [...] get some smoke.|
rhetorical excl. calling for the hearer to be impressed by the speaker’s progress (lit. or fig.).
|Mr. Jackson 256: Now let Newport watch our smoke.|
Pertaining to alcohol
(US) an alcoholic who drinks rotgut alcohol.
|Jr. ‘Sticktown Nocturne’ in Baltimore Sun (MD) 12 Aug. A-1/1: Milkhounds, or smokehounds, drink denatured alcohol with water, a beverage [that is] poison to everybody but smokehounds .|
|Homicide (1993) 249: The man was a smokehound all right.|
|Corner (1998) 158: Good laws, reasoned attempts to prevent rummies and smokehounds from cluttering the streets. [Ibid.] 159: The paper bag allowed the smokehounds to keep their smoke.|
|Wire ser. 3 ep. 2 [TV script] Some nameless smokehound who comes out of the cut-rate one day.‘All Due Respect’|
|Wire ser. 5 ep. 5 [TV script] We need to be watching [...] the smokehounds.‘React Quotes’|
(US) a bar that specializes in selling cheap, second-rate liquor.
|Dly News (NY) 20 Oct. 4/5: A veteran Bowery bum well known in smoke joints on misery row [...] was found dead from alcoholism.|
|DAUL 199/2: Smoke-joint. An unlicensed dive that sells smoke.et al.|
Pertaining to deception
(US) to pass on information, genuine or otherwise.
|Eddie’s World 3: A guy blows smoke in your ear, you don’t know whether it might turn into something.|
|Charlie Opera 233: Let’s not blow smoke at each other.|
to confuse, to tell lies to.
|(con. 1950) Band of Brothers 49: ‘You trying to snow me?’ Andy asked. ‘No, sir! Hope to die. You never knowed me to blow smoke up nobody.’.|
|Tiger in the Honeysuckle 244: I knew you didn’t call me in here to blow smoke up my ass.|
|in Law Unto Themselves 197: The first time [...] someone tol’ me that you were a real educated man I thought he was blowin’ smoke up my ass.|
|Rat on Fire (1982) 7: Anybody who tells you different’s just blowing smoke up your ass.|
|Sl. U. 40: I was late because I had a flat tire, but my dad thought I was just blowing smoke up his ass.|
|Night Gardener 117: Who blew smoke up his ass and told him he was [Bob] Dylan?|
|The Force [ebook] Malone is pissed. Either Teddy is blowing smoke or someone in Manhattan North is on Carter’s pad.|
(Aus.) in hiding or into hiding.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 13 Jan. 1/1: A wanted embezzler isn’t far away from Berth [...] he is ‘in smoke’ at a well known chateau d'amour.|
|Ballades of Old Bohemia (1980) 69: Yes Mr. Jones, I ain’t in smoke. You’ll see me at four o’clock any morning, down at the market, buying me rabbits.Woman Tamer in|
|‘Crusaders’ in Chisholm (1951) 80: ‘Jist now,’ sez Brannigan. ‘Spike Wegg’s in smoke. / Oh, jist concems a cove ’e tried to croak.’.|
|Foveaux 311: I ain’t seen you about either [...] Been in smoke?|
|Cold Stone Jug (1981) II 22: Like as not the johns is already laying for me there. Looks like I’ll have to go in smoke.|
|Sun. Mail (Adelaide) 25 Sept. 45/2: I planted the rod and ‘went into smoke.’ [...] After a few days I came out of smoke.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 234/2: in smoke – in hiding from the law.|
|Nobody Stops Me 45: They know who done it. A bit of dirt called Snow Rider. He went into smoke.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 105/1: smoke, phr. go into smoke go into hiding, disappear go into hiding, disappear.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 112: in smoke In hiding, concealed. ANZ early C20.|
to accept conventional untruths, to tell white lies.
|Little Dorrit (1967) 276: To help myself in my turn, as the man before me helps himself in his, and pass the bottle of smoke. To keep up the pretence as to labor, and study.|
(US) fantastic, implausible.
|Barkeep Stories 7: ‘You stand round an’ look wise an’ tell ’bout how you come near ownin’ dat black filly dat just win [...] an’ a few more smoke-up stories’.|
SE in slang uses
see cheaters n.2 (1)
1. (also smoke-chewer) a firefighter.
|Fireman’s Journal 25 Oct. 337/1: In the afternoon a game of baseball was played by a nine from the Easton Fire Department and the New York Fire Department nine [...] The game resulted in victory for the New York ‘smoke chewers’ by a score of twenty to five.|
|Amer. Lang. (4th edn) 563: Making an attribute do duty for the whole gives him stiff for corpse, flat-foot for policeman, smoke-eater for fireman.|
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
2. a heavy smoker.
|Appleton Post-Crescent (WI) 12 May 11/1: Flapper Dictionary smoke-eater – A Flapper with a strong appetite for cigarets.|
|Amusements Serious and Comical in Works (1744) III 138: Stop your smoak-hole, nincompoop.|
see separate entry.
(US) a handgun.
|Thrilling Western May [Internet] Holster, yore smoke iron. I’ll do the same and we’ll shoot it out even.‘Secret Guns’ in|
see separate entries.
(US black) underarm deodorant.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 53: You lay down some action with the smoke-screen under your brace of hookers.|
see separate entries.
1. (US) a cigar.
|N.Y. Tribune 15 Sept. 11/1: ‘Make yourself to home, gents, while I dig up a box of smoke sticks’ [...] I comes back with the cigars.|
2. a firearm.
|Flynn’s Weekly 22 Jan. 376/2: I ups and prods him and says, ‘Hand it over, er this smokestick’ll do the talking.’.|
|Mail (Adelaide) 22 June 23/1: A rifle is a ‘smoke-stick’.|
a break for smoking.
|Owning Up (1974) 122: The front line were having a quick smoke-up in the wings.|
1. (US Und.) a revolver, a pistol.
|Wash. Times (DC) 14 Sept. 10/4: Reds, gats, or smoke wagon — A revolver.|
|Prison Gates Ajar 10: Every man was looking for the others with their ‘smoke wagons’ (guns).|
|My Life in Prison 2: The thug who waylays you [...] and takes your money by persuasion of an ugly .44 caliber ‘smoke-wagon’.|
|Wash. Post 11 Nov. Miscellany 3/6: In the West the yegg calls his revolver, if it is not automatic, a ‘smoke wagon.’.|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 113: I’ll have her buy me a pair of ‘smoke wagons.’ [...] If I have a couple of guns I won’t be helpless.|
|Man’s Grim Justice 131: ‘Brooklyn Shine’ and his gang had dozens of notches on their smoke wagons.|
|Milk and Honey Route 214: Smoke wagon or gat – Same as rod, a gun.|
|Cowboy Lingo 166: The cowboy’s names for his gun were legion [...] ‘smoke-wagon’.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 199/2: Smoke-wagon. Any heavy calibre— usually .45-calibre—non-automatic revolver.et al.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 819: smoke wagon – A pistol or revolver.|
|Quest of the Mountain Man 95: If you’re planning on drawing that smoke wagon, I suggest you get to work.|
2. (US) an automobile, esp. a taxicab.
|Go To It 39: I will be a chauffeur on a smoke-wagon.|
|You Should Worry cap. 5: Children are hardly out of the cradle before they are arrested for butting into the speed limit with a smoke wagon.|
|N.Y. Herald Trib. 27 June 24: He was the man who started the taxicab industry in New York City. [...] He operated the first fleet of what street-corner loafers jeeringly called ‘smoke-wagons’ – 65 of them to start, 700 within a year.|
(Aus.) very energetically; very quickly; exceedingly.
|Mrs. Cuddle’s Bed-Room Lectures (10–15) 6: Under his ribs her fist she’d poke, / And jam away like fun and smoke.|
|Journal (1931) 28 Nov. 89: Snows 4 inches in the night. Sleds go like smoke.|
|Bushrangers 114: If I knew of a set of d—d rascals loafing round here, I should tell you about it like smoke.|
|Rio Grande’s Last Race (1904) 76: Smithy opened out / And let her up beside him on the rails, / And kept her there a-beltin’ her like smoke.‘A Disqualified Jockey’s Story’ in|
|They Call Me Carpenter 57: It costs like smoke.|