On a smoke

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • On a smoke (B.) smoking, or on fire
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. smocian, smoca; Ger. schmauch.

Usage

In literature:

I seemed to see myself sitting in a deck-chair on the lawn, smoking and looking through the trees at the harbour below.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
Serge, after a delicate breakfast, was smoking and dozing on the smoking-room sofa.
"Serge Panine, Complete" by Georges Ohnet
Haines sat down on a stone, smoking.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
At a little distance from the factory, Ackroyd was sitting on a door-step, smoking a pipe.
"Thyrza" by George Gissing
He found the architect in his shirt-sleeves, smoking a pipe, and ruling off lines on a plan.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
On the sea-rim rose the smoke from the funnels of a hundred hostile vessels of war, all converging upon the helpless, undefended Golden Gate.
"Revolution and Other Essays" by Jack London
Then it managed to turn its head, and it saw a big, beautiful man sitting on the end of an old soapbox and smoking a pipe.
"Aladdin O'Brien" by Gouverneur Morris
There was a bit of a battle on Tuesday at Bentonville, and we have come hither in smoke, as usual.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
While this was going on, Smoke, jammed into a corner on a bunk, overheard a whispered conversation between Breck and a miner.
"Smoke Bellew" by Jack London
I'm a heavy smoker meself, an' I've known what it is to be without a smoke on the track.
"Children of the Bush" by Henry Lawson
I lit a pipe and had a good long smoke, and went on watching.
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Part 2" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Suddenly from the hillsides on the left puffs of smoke darted out, and instantly a similar fire was opened on the right.
"The Bravest of the Brave" by G. A. Henty
He had on a ragged smoking-jacket, a pair of shapeless old Romeo slippers, his ordinary business waistcoat and trousers.
"The Deluge" by David Graham Phillips
He indicated a low-lying patch of smoke on the horizon far away on the starboard bow.
"Diary of a U-Boat Commander" by Anonymous
With a turkey, there should be on the table a ham, or a smoked tongue.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
Mr. Smithson was smoking a cigarette on the lawn with a sporting peer.
"Phantom Fortune, A Novel" by M. E. Braddon
Come on, lees go to Bill's den, and we'll have a smoke and talk it over.
"The Boy Scouts of the Eagle Patrol" by Howard Payson
There her eye fell on the figure of Charles Turold, lounging moodily over the gate, smoking a cigarette.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
A cup of coffee stood on a small table near her couch, and she was smoking a cigarette.
"The Awakening" by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
Again the ladies were not at home, but Mr. Vancourt Henniker came out and smoked a cigar with his customer on the piazza.
"The Quickening" by Francis Lynde
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In poetry:

And when the smoke ascends on high,
Then thou behold'st the vanity
Of worldly stuff,
Gone with a puff:
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Smoking Spiritualized" by Anonymous British
And when the smoke ascends on high,
Then thou behold'st the vanity
Of worldly stuff,
Gone with a puff. Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Meditations on Smoking Tobacco; or, Smoking Spiritualized" by Ralph Erskine
And when the smoke ascends on high,
Thinke thou beholdest the vanity
Of worldly stuffe, gone with a puffe,
Thus thinke, then drinke tobacco.
"Tobacco" by George Wither
"And great wild engines black with smoke
Roar on along the rail, or urge
With clank, and pant, and sullen stroke,
A thousand riches through the surge.
"The Gods And The Winds" by Alexander Anderson
Came a flash, and a roar, and a smoke-cloud
Rushed up, and spread far o'er the sky;
Sank a wreck, black, and rugged, and blasted,
While the sound on the winds swept by.
"Tobermory Bay" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
On some rock, where gaunt the oak
Reddens and the sombre cedar
Darkens, like a sachem leader,
I have lain and watched the smoke
Of the steamboat, far away,
Trailed athwart the dying day.
"Along The Stream" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

A plume of smoke rises above Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.
As the news of Mr Frey's apparent fabrications —laid out in a sprawling report on the Smoking Gun Web site Jan 8—spread, the professionals weren't the ones who counted.
It was steam, not smoke, coming out of a bus on traveling in Takoma Park on Wednesday, said county spokeswoman Esther Bowring.
OPEN BOAT driving rain we go on a tour of the harbor she sits unprotected smoking.
A woman is recovering from smoke inhalation, after she was found on the floor of a burning home in Ventura.
But a new report published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs suggests that those who smoke cigarettes on the same day they drink heavily suffer worse hangovers than those who stick to booze alone.
A bomb squad responded to a report of heavy smoke at Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday and found a singed bag concealed in a men's bathroom.
A case pending before the Colorado Court of Appeals could have a big impact on whether employers will be able to fire workers who smoke marijuana off duty.
Smoke shop has Santa huff on a hookah .
Letcher County's smoking ban went into effect on July 1st and a new study says it only took three weeks of a smoke free environment for the air quality in eight public places to show significant improvements.
A San Francisco suburb on Monday banned smoking in duplexes, condominiums and other multi-family homes, with city leaders saying they hoped to lead a wave of such regulations across California and ultimately the country.
Initiative 502 passed with a smoking victory on Bainbridge Island.
Kris Custer, center, smokes a joint on the steps of the state Capitol on Monday.
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and that disclose smoking's health effects, including the death on average of 1,200 people a day.
A larger-than-life character who's often dismissed as all smoke and mirrors, he's back on the list after a one-year absence—thanks to rising values as coal and iron ore assets are bought and sold around the country.
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In science:

Therefore it will be possible to obtain precise reddening measures, constraining the correct extinction law, and to follow the evolution of the reddening as a function of the time, that is the smoking gun of a possible GRB UV/X-ray flux influence on their environment.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
We return to this example at the end of this paper to examine the evidence for a sufficient cause containing all three: smoking, the S genotype on NAT2 and the *10 allele on NAT1.
General theory for interactions in sufficient cause models with dichotomous exposures
Zenith-angle distributions, up-down asymmetries and so on provide plenty of smoking guns for the fact that something actually happens to atmospheric νµ as a function of LE n with n ≈ −1, where L is the baseline length and E the energy.
The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model
We make our own decision whether we smoke, drink beer, or go on a diet; and all these decisions may influence our health and age of death.
Sociophysics Simulations
Perhaps by the next meeting we will have a “smoking gun”. I have been asked by a number of atomic colleagues why we place so much emphasis on the Faddeev approach in our calculations, when this is not necessary in atomic physics.
Few-Body Physics -- Then and Now
Although it is very difficult to get a theoretic solution for smoke circle vortex based on traditional mechanics dynamic equations, however, a semi-empirical method can be constructed to get some intrinsic understanding about such circle vortex structures.
Dynamic Evolution Equations for Isolated Smoke Vortexes in Rational Mechanics
In this sense the ONS anomaly may prove to be something of a “smoking gun” for quark degrees of freedom in nuclei.
Charge Symmetry Violation in Nuclear Physics
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