Meaning of “smoke signal” in the English Dictionary

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"smoke signal" in British English

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smoke signalnoun [ C usually plural ]

uk /ˈsməʊk ˌsɪɡ.nəl/ us /ˈsmoʊk ˌsɪɡ.nəl/

mainly UK a signal that uses smoke from a fire to represent words, used to send messages over long distances

a statement that is a sign of what someone's intentions are:

The chancellor was sending out smoke signals about the new budget proposal.

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

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