11 English Expressions Related to Smoke and Smoking - Idioms

11 Smokin’ English Expressions Related to Smoke and Smoking

If you understand the following short story – ‘A Life Sentence for Smoking Like a Chimney’ – there is no need to scroll down further.

If, on the other hand, you don’t fully comprehend it, scroll down to learn all the common English expressions that relate to the words smoke and smoking and all will be revealed.

A Life Sentence for Smoking Like a Chimney

She thought she could lose herself in the big smoke but after 6 long weeks of intense police investigations they finally managed to smoke her out.

Armed guards led her into the court in handcuffs. Holy smoke! I’d heard she was good looking but didn’t realise just how much – she was absolutely smokin’!

She took the witness stand and pleaded her innocence but everyone knew it was just smoke and mirrors.

However, often presenting weak evidence, it looked at times like the prosecution’s case would go up in smoke. Eventually, the smoking gun that proved without doubt she really had been blowing smoke throughout the trial was her DNA found on the numerous cigarette butts that were scattered about the scene of the crime.

Ironically, she’d always known that smoking like a chimney was bad for her but never realised it would get her into this kind of trouble.

The judge sentenced her to life in prison. However, defiant to the end, she flipped her middle finger at him and shouted, “Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

Idioms Related to Smoke & Smoking – Video

1. Blow smoke

blow smoke

To give misleading or exaggerated information, or say things that are not true in order to make yourself or something you are involved with seem better than it is.

He said he thought we were the best language school he’d ever been to but I think he was just blowing smoke.

2. Smoke like a chimney

smoke like a chimney

To smoke tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, etc.) heavily.

My brother has smoked like a chimney all his life but the doctors told he has to give up for the sake of his health.

3. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

put that in your pipe and smoke it

alsoStick that in your pipe and smoke it!

A rude or unsympathetic way of telling someone that they must accept what you have just said, even if they do not like it.

I’m sick of you treating me like dirt so you can get someone else to run your business for you. I resign! Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

4. There’s no smoke without fire

no smoke without fire

also – Where there’s smoke there’s fire.

There is usually some truth behind every rumoor or if something appears to be wrong then it probably is wrong.

You can’t win! Even if you are proven innocent, they will always look at you with suspicion as people always believe there is no smoke without fire.

5. Holy smoke!

holy smoke

A way of expressing surprise.

Holy smoke! Look at the size of that dog!

6. Smoke somebody out

smoke somebody out

also – smoke something out

To hunt somebody down and force them out of hiding or search for someone or something.

1. The killer was very hard to trace but after a lot of hard work, the police managed to smoke him out and arrest him.
2. We are going to need a special team for this job. Let’s call the top recruitment agencies to smoke out some highly qualified professionals.

7. The big smoke

the big smoke

also –  the smoke

Referring to a big city like London, New York, Hong Kong or Tokyo.

I’m so bored with working in this small country town! Let’s go to the big smoke this weekend and have some fun?

8. Smoking gun

smoking gun

Information which proves beyond doubt that someone is guilty of committing a crime.

The small traces of blood found on her dress proved to be the smoking gun that proved she definitely was at the scene of the crime.

9. Smoke and mirrors

smoke and mirrors

Something said or done in order to deceive or confuse.

His resume looked good and his presentation certainly sounded convincing but their was something about him that led me to believe it was all just smoke and mirrors.

10. Go up in smoke

go up in smoke

To actually catch fire and burn completely.

Or, if a plan or a job goes up in smoke, it is spoiled or ruined completely.

His designs for the new house went up in smoke when they hired a new architect, but he got the last laugh because as soon as the building was finished there was an arson attack and the whole place went up in smoke, literally!

11. Smokin’!


Excellent, sexy, good looking.

Wow! Look at that guy. He’s got a brand new car and yet another new girlfriend – and they’re both smokin’!


So, which is your favourite smoke related expression? Tell us in the comment box below! 🙂


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  1. beverley says

    brilliant! I am doing a debate on Smoking in the workplace and was looking for some expressions as a warmer….thanks…exactly what i wanted.

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