go up in smoke
phrasal to be destroyed by or as if by burning

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • go up in smoke — or[go up in flames] {v. phr.} To burn; be destroyed by fire. 1. * /The house went up in flames./ * /The barn full of hay went up in smoke./ 2. Disappear; fail; not come true. * /Jane s hopes of going to college went up in smoke when her father… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go up in smoke — or[go up in flames] {v. phr.} To burn; be destroyed by fire. 1. * /The house went up in flames./ * /The barn full of hay went up in smoke./ 2. Disappear; fail; not come true. * /Jane s hopes of going to college went up in smoke when her father… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go\ up\ in\ smoke — • go up in smoke • go up in flames v. phr. 1. To burn; be destroyed by fire. The house went up in flames. The barn full of hay went up in smoke. 2. Disappear; fail; not come true. Jane s hopes of going to college went up in smoke when her father… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • go up in smoke — • go up in smoke • go up in flames burn or be destroyed by fire, fail, not come true (dreams) His plans to open a new restaurant have gone up in smoke since he lost his job …   Idioms and examples

  • go up in smoke — ► go up in smoke informal 1) be destroyed by fire. 2) (of a plan) come to nothing. Main Entry: ↑smoke …   English terms dictionary

  • go up in smoke — ▪ (of eg hopes) to vanish ▪ (of eg plans) to come to nothing ● smoke …   Useful english dictionary

  • go up in smoke — informal 1) if your plans or dreams go up in smoke, they are destroyed Without a scholarship, her dreams of college would go up in smoke. 2) to be destroyed by fire It would take just one match for this whole place to go up in smoke …   English dictionary

  • go up in smoke — if a plan or some work goes up in smoke, it is spoiled or wasted. Then his business went bankrupt and 20 years of hard work went up in smoke …   New idioms dictionary

  • go up in smoke — burn, be destroyed in a fire    You need fire insurance. What if your condo goes up in smoke? …   English idioms

  • go up in smoke — verb a) To catch fire and burn When the bank refused the credit, all our plans went up in smoke. b) (by extension) To be completely ruined Syn: come to nothing …   Wiktionary

  • go up in smoke — Synonyms and related words: be consumed, be gone, blow up, break down, burn down, burn up, cease, cease to be, cease to exist, collapse, come to naught, come to nothing, consume, cremate, dematerialize, depart, die, die away, die out, disappear,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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