go up in smoke


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go up in smoke

to be wasted The research project was canceled, and five years of hard work went up in smoke.
Related vocabulary: go down in flames
See also: smoke, up

go up in smoke

if a plan or some work goes up in smoke, it is spoiled or wasted Then his business went bankrupt and 20 years of hard work went up in smoke.
See also: smoke, up