go up in smoke or end up in smoke
- to come to nothing
- to burn up vigorously
- to flare up in anger
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= come to nothing
, be shattered
, be ruined
Example Sentences Including 'go up in smoke'
But don't stand too close to the stove when you put them on or you'll go up in smoke.
The Third Class Genie
Drink up your sherry and we'll go watch that effigy Britishers burn on bonfire night go up in smoke.
Out of the Ashes
He does not want all his meticulous preparation to go up in smoke when they visit Hillsborough on Saturday.
Sun, News of the World (1999)
Here's hoping that the new anti-smoking legislation does not go up in smoke.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
Instead of planning new ventures, Dalmia's priority today must be to ensure that his existing businesses don't go up in smoke.
Business Today (1997)
Popular myths of bulk burnings and reusing coffins go up in smoke.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
They mistakenly believe that by burning a building their problems will go up in smoke too.
For Goodness Sake -
Well, one of these days he'll be getting a bomb, then we'll all go up in smoke and that'll be that.
MR STARLIGHT (2004)
William, of Almagill, near Dalton in Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, witnessed 30 years of graft go up in smoke.
Sun, News of the World (2002)
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