One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A column of smoke used as a way of conveying a message to a distant person.
- ‘There is sign language, flag semaphores, smoke signals, and Morse code.’
- ‘In times of danger, during the Crusades, smoke signals were relayed between Saladin's Castle, Marqab, Safita and Crac des Chevaliers, our next stop.’
- ‘The smoke signals from the Vatican were certainly this week's most newsworthy communicative acts.’
- ‘Tribes in Kurdistan set up a primitive warning system with observers and smoke signals to warn the most likely targets of the approach of British aircraft.’
- ‘Many of their traditions and their original methods of communication - their language, smoke signals, and messages carried by people on foot - have survived.’
- 1.1 An indication of someone's intentions or views.‘the Iowa caucuses might have given a small smoke signal of the Democrats' likely choice’
warning fire, warning light, signal fire, signal light, bonfire, beam, signal, danger signal, guiding lightView synonyms
- ‘Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's office is sending smoke signals that we all squint to interpret.’
- ‘Various smoke signals have been sent up, but in truth, nobody knows. This is the type of thing that Bertie always, always keeps in pectore until the very last moment.’
- ‘If you read The Sunday Times last week, there were smoke signals that gave you a pretty good idea what that might be.’
- ‘Both financial markets and the businesses community have been looking for smoke signals from the government about when or if the UK would take the plunge.’
- ‘As ever in Northern Ireland, however, the smoke signals are confused and indistinct.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.