One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Try to mislead or threaten someone by giving false or exaggerated information.‘the coach has been blowing smoke for the past three years about our program’
- ‘Larry, you and I have know each other long enough, we don't need to blow smoke at one another.’
- ‘Pompous politicians and other do-gooders love to blow smoke and their own horns as they crusade against legalized gambling.’
- ‘Continuing his attacks on Labour, Mr Howard said: ‘However hard Labour's spin doctors try to blow smoke in our eyes with junk statistics, hard working families understand the reality.’’
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