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English definition of “smoke sb/sth out”

smoke sb/sth out

phrasal verb with smoke     /sməʊk/ US  /smoʊk/ verb
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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