Definition of smoko in English:


(also smoke-ho)


Australian, NZ
  • A rest from work for a smoke; a tea break.

    • ‘Ten years ago you used to have awards that specified smokos - you know, start, smoko, morning tea, lunch, afternoon smoko, finish.’
    • ‘It was supposed to be working, but the construction team was on a smoko and it was resting.’
    • ‘I swear that it rained for 72 hours with no more than a 5 minute break for smoko.’
    • ‘They have to get themselves here on time… we give them lunch and smoko breaks.’
    • ‘Peter Costello said that it's time they traded away lunch breaks, time they traded away smokos, time they traded away coffee breaks.’
    interval, interlude, entr'acte, break, recess, pause, rest, respite, breathing space, lull, gap, stop, stoppage, halt
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