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go up in smoke

Definition of go up in smoke

  1. 1 :  to burn up completely <All their possessions went up in smoke.>

  2. 2 informal :  to end or disappear completely <When she hurt her back, all her dreams of being a dancer went up in smoke.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move on a course :  proceed — compare stop

    :  to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied :  leave, depart

    :  to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. :  the act or manner of going

    :  the height of fashion :  rage

    :  an often unexpected turn of affairs :  occurrence

  1. :  functioning properly :  being in good and ready condition

  1. :  a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

smokeplay
  1. :  the gaseous products of burning materials especially of organic origin made visible by the presence of small particles of carbon

    :  a suspension of particles in a gas

    :  a mass or column of smoke

  1. :  to emit or exhale smoke

    :  to emit excessive smoke

    :  to undergo punishment :  suffer


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