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English definition of “smoke sb/sth out”

smoke sb/sth out

verb uk phrasal verb with smoke   /sməʊk/ us    /smoʊk/
If you smoke out an animal or person that is hiding, you force them to leave the place where they are by filling it with smoke: figurative The finance minister has promised a tougher approach to smoking out (= finding) tax dodgers.HuntingEvicting and forcing to leavePunishing someone by sending them somewhere else
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