smoke out
transitive verb Date: 1593 1. to drive out by or as if by smoke 2. to cause to be made public

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • smoke out — smoke (someone) out to force someone to stop hiding. He didn t just walk into the police station and surrender, we had to smoke him out of hiding. To prevent such attacks, you have to smoke out the bad guys before they reach their targets …   New idioms dictionary

  • smoke out — (something) to find something. The company is trying to smoke out a buyer for its weaker divisions …   New idioms dictionary

  • smoke out — index expose Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • smoke out — verb drive out with smoke smoke out the bees • Hypernyms: ↑rout out, ↑drive out, ↑force out, ↑rouse • Verb Frames: Somebody s something Somebody s somebody …   Useful english dictionary

  • smoke out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms smoke out : present tense I/you/we/they smoke out he/she/it smokes out present participle smoking out past tense smoked out past participle smoked out 1) to force a person, animal, or insect to leave the place …   English dictionary

  • smoke out — {v. phr.} 1. To force out with smoke. * /The boys smoked a squirrel out of a hollow tree./ * /The farmer tried to smoke some gophers out of their burrows./ 2. {informal} To find out the facts about. * /It took the reporter three weeks to smoke… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • smoke out — {v. phr.} 1. To force out with smoke. * /The boys smoked a squirrel out of a hollow tree./ * /The farmer tried to smoke some gophers out of their burrows./ 2. {informal} To find out the facts about. * /It took the reporter three weeks to smoke… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • smoke\ out — v. phr. 1. To force out with smoke. The boys smoked a squirrel out of a hollow tree. The farmer tried to smoke some gophers out of their burrows. 2. informal To find out the facts about. It took the reporter three weeks to smoke out the whole… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • smoke out — 1) force out with smoke The rats were smoked out of their nests by the black smoke. 2) find out the facts about something They were able to easily smoke out the real reasons for his decision to leave the company …   Idioms and examples

  • smoke out — PHRASAL VERB If you smoke out someone who is hiding, you discover them and make them publicly known. [V n P] The committee have tried dozens of different ways to smoke him out. [V P n (not pron)] ...technology to smoke out tax evaders …   English dictionary

  • smoke-out — {n.} A successful conclusion of an act of investigative journalism revealing some long kept secrets. * /Journalist Bob Woodward was the hero of the Watergate smoke out./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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