blowing smoke


blowing smoke

Synonyms | Variants

  • blows smoke in your face
  • blows smoke in your eyes


  • to intentionally misinform or deceive
  • when someone is just making plans without an intention to follow through
  • to conceal the secret behind the stereotyped situation
  • to cheat someone and trying to look innocent
  • when someone is trying to cover up some sort of trick that he or she applied to you
  • to smoke marijuana

Example Sentences

  1. I know your motives behind this act; don’t try to blow smoke in my eyes.
  2. Try to get prepared for the final exams and work hard, stop blowing smoke and be practical.
  3. Those who are the real motivator, never blow smoke in other’s eye.
  4. He is just acting to be seen interested in this proposal, I think he is blowing smoke in our eyes.
  5. Do not try to blow smoke in my eyes; I know your intentions behind supporting me for the elections.


The origin of this idiom came from the old magicians tricking style, when they release smoke to conceal the minor tricks they perform to proof their magic. So, keeping that act of magicians in view, a person who tries to cheat someone and tries to cover up his acts by becoming simple and humble is supposed to be blowing smoke in front of you.

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The tobacco smoke enema kit from the 1750’s was used to put tobacco smoke into a patients rectum to resuscitate a drowning victim. Doubts about its credibility led to the popular phrase “blowing smoke up your ass”.

‒ Pana April 20, 2023

Where I come from, instead of blowing smoke in your face, it’s “blowing smoke up your a$$”. Same meaning.

Don’t believe what John says, he’s just blowing smoke up your as$.

Bob, are you being serious or just blowing smoke up my a$s?

‒ Sam August 24, 2020

The idiom “blowing off steam” actually comes from when they had steam trains and pulled something to let it go.

‒ Loveyurself November 18, 2019

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