go up in smoke


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go up in smoke

1. To be destroyed by fire. I can't believe you left the oven on! Do you want the house to go up in smoke?
2. To fail or stop. My presentation went up in smoke when the slideshow stopped working.
3. To be quashed or squelched. The team's hopes for a championship title went up in smoke following their semifinal loss to their cross-state rivals. Any illusions I had of being successful have gone up in smoke now.
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go up in smoke

COMMON If something that is important to you goes up in smoke, it fails or ends. The President's whole political future could go up in smoke if this plan fails. But with just eight minutes to go, Kennedy scored and Liverpool's dreams of glory went up in smoke.
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go up in smoke

1 be destroyed by fire. 2 (of a plan) come to nothing. informal
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go up in ˈsmoke


1 be destroyed by fire: Their home went up in smoke before their eyes.
2 (of plans, etc.) be destroyed or ruined: Her plans to become a member of parliament went up in smoke when the newspapers printed a story about her drink problem.
See also: go, smoke, up
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