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English definition of “smoke signal”

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smoke signal

noun [C usually plural] uk   us  
a message using smoke from a fire, which can be seen from a long distance a statement that is a sign of what someone's intentions are: The chancellor was sending out smoke signals about the new budget proposal.
Translations of “smoke signal”
in Chinese (Traditional) 煙霧信號, 托詞,煙幕…
in Chinese (Simplified) 烟雾信号, 托词,烟幕…
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