the big smoke


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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

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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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At this rate I wonder could we possibly see city folk and the Honourable Members of Parliament who stay in the Big Smoke during the week perhaps being less critical of how the countryside deals with the same problem?
This milestone event in the history of environmental health will be commemorated at the conference "The Big Smoke: Fifty Years after the 1952 London Smog," cosponsored by the NIEHS along with the Health Effects Institute, the Wellcome Trust, the Greater London Authority, the London borough of Camden, Sypol (a British environmental health and safety consulting group), the Shell Foundation, and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.
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