blow smoke

To boast; brag; exaggerate: copssitting around drinking, blowing smoke, and kidding (1940s+)
(also blow smoke up someone’s ass or blow heat) To mislead; confuse; deceive: Anybody who tells you different’s just blowing smoke up your ass (1940s+)
To flatter; sweet-talk: Do you mean it, or are you just blowing smoke? (1940s+)
To smoke marijuana or hashish: Everybody blew smoke there. You could buy hash (1930s+)

Contemporary Examples

Kit Harington on ‘Game of Thrones,’ Fame, and Playing Emo Hero Jon Snow Jace Lacob April 8, 2012

Historical Examples

The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch


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    blow someone away To kill; assassinate; get rid of; off: and boom, Jack Blumenfeld gets blown away (1900s+) To defeat utterly; trounce; clobber: And they blew away some of the best long-distance runners in the world To overcome, often with admiration; fracture: I read the book and it blew me away/ The cow connection just […]

  • Blow-someone-off

    blow someone off

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    blow someone out

  • Blow-someone-out-of-the-water

    blow someone out of the water To defeat utterly; SHOOT someone DOWN IN FLAMES: Are you afraid of being blown out of the water?/ Bradlee ”blew him (Tavoulareas) out of the water” (1960s+) To astonish utterly; KNOCK one’s SOCKS OFF: These kids just blow you out of the water with the work they’ve done (1990s+)

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