where there's smoke, there's fire

Definition of where there's smoke, there's fire

chiefly US

  1. —used to say that if people are saying that someone has done something wrong there is usually a good reason for what they are saying “Do you believe those rumors about the mayor?” “Well, you know what they say, where there's smoke, there's fire.”

Word by Word Definitions

whereplay
  1. :  at, in, or to what place

    :  at, in, or to what situation, position, direction, circumstances, or respect

    :  here, there

  1. :  at, in, or to what place

    :  at, in, or to what situation, position, direction, circumstances, or respect

    :  the place or point at, in, or to which

  1. :  place, location

    :  what place, source, or cause

thereplay
  1. :  in or at that place

    :  to or into that place :  thither

    :  at that point or stage

  1. : used as a function word to introduce a sentence or clause

    : used as an indefinite substitute for a name

  1. :  that place or position

    :  that point

  1. : used for emphasis especially after a demonstrative pronoun or a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective

    : used for emphasis after a demonstrative adjective but before the noun modified

    :  capable of being relied on for support or aid

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

fireplay
  1. :  the phenomenon of combustion manifested in light, flame, and heat

    :  one of the four elements of the alchemists

    :  burning passion :  ardor

  1. :  to set on fire :  kindle

    :  ignite

    :  to give life or spirit to :  inspire


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