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 Smithfield.Smoke Farthings. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Smoke.
 
To detect, or rather to get a scent, of some plot or scheme. The allusion is to the detection of robbers by the smoke seen to issue from their place of concealment.   1
   No smoke without fire. Every slander has some foundation. The reverse proverb, “No fire without smoke,” means no good without some drawback.   2
   To end in smoke. To come to no practical result. The allusion is to kindling, which smokes, but will not light a fire.   3
   To smoke the calumet (or pipe) of peace. (See CALUMET.)   4
 


 Smithfield.Smoke Farthings. 

 
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