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billow out

1. To flare out in the wind, as of fabric. The sails billowed out as the wind caught them.
2. To flow out of a place or thing rapidly and in a mass, as of smoke. By the time I remembered I had put bread in the oven, smoke was billowing out of the kitchen.
See also: out
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

billow out

 
1. [for something, such as smoke] to burst and flow outward. At the site of the fire, smoke billowed out. Clouds of ash billowed out of the volcano.
2. [for a sheet of cloth] to fill with the wind. (Especially a ship's sail.) The sail billowed out and we moved forward. Her skirt billowed out when the wind caught it.
See also: out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

billow out

v.
1. To surge outward or puff out due to the movement of air: The sails billowed out as the breeze strengthened.
2. To cause something to stretch or puff out: The wind billowed the sails out. The breeze billowed out the sheets that were hung up on the clothesline.
See also: out
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Emergency services were called to Hilbre Island, which lies between North Wales and Merseyside, at about 7.30pm on Friday after smoke was seen billowing out of one of its caves.
Emergency services flocked Hilbre Island after smoke was seen billowing out of a cave, off West Kirby, at around 7.30pm.
Summary: Church bells rang out in Lebanon Wednesday night as word spread that white smoke was billowing out of the Vatican chimney, signaling the election of a new pope.
BEIRUT: Church bells rang out in Lebanon Wednesday night as word spread that white smoke was billowing out of the Vatican chimney, signaling the election of a new pope.
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One man said: "Smoke was billowing out of the front of the house."
That would be the heroic thing to do, in the dead of night with the ship's flames billowing out of control less than 20 yards from our rotor blades.
Jean said: "I could see smoke billowing out of the ground floor and called Emma and she said we'd better get out.
"I went out into the back garden and saw smoke billowing out.
A neighbour spotted smoke billowing out of the window and dialled 999.
They found flames licking across a flat roof and clouds of black smoke billowing out.
Aluminium's lightness and malleability suggested the idea of treating the covering as fabric capable of billowing out of the grid.