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smoke (someone or something) out of (some place)

To fill a space with smoke to force a person or animal out some place. A noun or pronoun can be used between "smoke" and "out." The terrorists are in the center of the building, and will surely kill any officers who try to enter. I think our best bet is to try to smoke them out. Back on the farm, we used to smoke out rats by running a hose from the exhaust pipe of our pickup truck into their nest.
See also: of, out, smoke
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

smoke (someone, something, or an animal) out of something

 and smoke someone, something, or an animal out 
1. Lit. to force someone, something, or an animal out of something or a place, using smoke. The police used tear gas to smoke the kidnappers out of the house. They smoked out the crooks.
2. Fig. to drive someone or something out into public view, as if using smoke or something similar. What will it take to smoke these crooks out of government? We will smoke out the corrupt officials yet.
See also: of, out, smoke
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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