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English definition of “smoke signal”

smoke signal

noun [C usually plural]    
a message using smoke from a fire, which can be seen from a long distanceSigns, signals and symbolsSpecific signs and symbols a statement that is a sign of what someone's intentions are: The chancellor was sending out smoke signals about the new budget proposal.Announcing, informing and stating
(Definition of smoke signal noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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