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smoke signals

Indications that something is the case or is likely to happen. If the smoke signals are to be believed, a peace agreement could be signed by the end of the week. We're just awaiting smoke signals from the board of directors before we move on the expansion.
See also: signal, smoke

smoke signals

Smoke signals are signs or suggestions that something might be happening or going to happen. The smoke signals coming out of the White House suggest that the President will sign the treaty. Recent economic smoke signals would indicate that the economy began to pick up in May. Note: Smoke signals are columns of smoke which were used to send messages over long distances, for example by Native American tribes.
See also: signal, smoke
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Smoke Signals adapts the Hollywood road/buddy genre to tell the story of two Coeur d'Alene young men, Victor Joseph (Adam Beach, Salteaux) and Thomas Builds-the-Fire (Evan Adams, Coast Salish).
Most tribes had their own secret smoke signal systems.
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But email is a bastard communication idiom, poised somewhere between pager messages and smoke signals.
Among vital topics covered are: Shelters (my favorite section), Signals (Peter's demonstration of smoke signals is impressive), and Fire.
From stone carvings, smoke signals and Pony Express mail to mechanical doorbell systems for visitor annunciation, Morse code for the military, sign-language for the deaf, brail for the blind to telephone systems for homes and businesses, wireless pagers and PDA's for ones on the move as well as the ever popular "cellular phone" for the everyday person.
Building on a flurry of positive reviews and word-of-mouth ever since it was screened at the Sundance Film Festival (where the picture won the Filmmaker's Trophy and Audience Award in 1998), Smoke Signals has scored impressive numbers at the box office and now in video stores.
In the Americas, the North American Indians used smoke signals.
These names tell of drums, runners, smoke signals, camp criers, messengers, scouts, chieftains, guides, talking leaves, circles, echoes, trails, feathers, arrows and whispering winds.
Apache Indians in the Southwest often used fire to send up smoke signals, burn out forests controlled by their enemies, and improve hunting habitat.
People might not be able to decipher smoke signals right now, but once Olive Software digitizes the Choctawhatchee High School paper, Smoke Signals, winner of the Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization (ECPRO) Student Public Relations & Media competition (SPRMC), readers will be able to access all the future issues online.