Meaning of “smoke sb/sth out” in the English Dictionary

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"smoke sb/sth out" in British English

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smoke sb/sth out

phrasal verb with smoke uk /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 There will be a tougher approach to smoking out (= finding) tax dodgers.

(Definition of “smoke sb/sth out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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