Wednesday 21 November 2007

Phrase of the Day 166: 'to blow smoke'

"to blow smoke"

definition: to boast without being able to back it up, talking about action without intent to follow through.

example: "Do you really want to buy this car or are you just blowing smoke?"

origin: Magicians often use smoke in their performance to obscure your view and conceal a bit of trickery. A person who is "blowing smoke" is tricking you and attempting to cover it up.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Phrase of the Day 166: 'to blow smoke'"- in Czech language is it "to make a mist".