to go up in smoke

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - go up in smoke

"to go up in smoke"

to disappear;

to be ruined


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - go up in smoke

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Are you excited? The big merger is going to happen next week.

Colleague 2: Sorry to tell you but we just learned that the other company pulled out of the deal.

Colleague 1: What? We've been working on this merger for six months. All or plans and hard work have gone up in smoke?

Colleague 2: I am afraid so. All the hard work was for nothing. The deal is dead.

Colleague 1: Just like that?

Colleague 2: Yes. Vanished.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - go up in smoke

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: What a terrible ordeal. But at least no one was hurt.

Friend 2: Yes. Thank goodness we had installed extra smoke alarms or we may have been trapped in the house when the fire started.

Friend 1: Still it must be devastating to lose your home?

Friend 2: It was very difficult to watch as we stood outside our house in the middle of the night in our pajamas literally watching our house and all our possessions go up in smoke.

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to go up in smoke - Gerund Form:

Going up in smoke, her plans for advancement failed when her colleague was promoted instead of her.

to go up in smoke - Examples:

1)  The No. 3 Dinos saw their hopes of a perfect conference season go up in smoke Friday night when they fell, 12-9, at Regina.

2)  A ton of time, energy and money can go up in smoke with a seemingly small mishap that takes you out of the race, so cover ...

3)  ... and of course when the depression came back this business would go up in smoke.

4)  Will England's chances go up in smoke if John is not fit? 

5)  Should this particular transfer go up in smoke, it would no doubt be a disappointment to Mancini.

6)  The pipe dream of democracy will slowly but surely go up in smoke thanks to the demagogues.

7)  The fear that my blender will go up in smoke at any minute has left me. I've used it every day and it ...

8)  ... continue to be destroyed along with finance capital. Pension funds will go up in smoke, unemployment will grow. 

9)  A lot of folks have seen their savings go up in smoke the last couple years, and with unemployment soaring to almost 10 percent, it ...

10)  Perhaps it is all a bubble and will go up in smoke, as the Eyeores out there might think, ...

11)  ... are all insolvent and over-leveraged. All banks will go up in smoke unless they're holding lots of tangible assets.

12)  The problem is, when Marcus is around all her good intentions go up in smoke.

13)  ... families have seen nearly 40 percent of their net worth go up in smoke since 2007. The bulk of the losses are attributable to the giant housing bust.

14)  Some saw the work of a lifetime quite literally go up in smoke. The looting also exacerbated other problems: ...

15)  Of course if it leaks then those plans likely go up in smoke

16)  ... many years of careful and diligent rehabilitation, all of which can go up in smoke with the flick of a Bic any old time an addict decides he was wrong ...

17)  My core beliefs don't go up in smoke because you call them "Apples" instead of "Oranges."

18)  Electrical. Shocking mishaps can cause your home to go up in smoke and send you singed to the emergency room -- or worse. 

19)  ... but even much lower level government employees have seen their careers go up in smoke based upon allegations of infidelity.

20)  Within 7 days 40% of the value of the stock market will go up in smoke and at that time gold and silver will soar to their true value.