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the big smoke

A particular large city, used especially in reference to London, England; Dublin, Ireland; Toronto, Canada; or Sydney, Australia. Sometimes capitalized. Primarily heard in Ireland. I've never enjoyed the Big Smoke—the hustle and bustle of London never agreed with my small-town sensibilities. After spending a summer working as an intern up in the big smoke, Daniel decided he wanted to live in Dublin permanently.
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the Big Smoke

The big smoke is a large city, especially London. He and his wife had long dreamed of leaving the big smoke and spending their days sailing from port to port.
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the big smoke

1 London. British informal 2 any large town. chiefly Australian
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