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    Question meaning of "smoke come out"

    What is the meaning of "smoke come out" in the following article?
    It's on 9th paragraph.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8266883.stm

    "By the end of the difficult summit, which, according to Dr. Ariel, dragged on until "smoke came out", Greenwich had won ..."

    Is it a metaphor or idiom?

    Your assistance will be highly appreciated.

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    Default Re: meaning of "smoke come out"

    Quote Originally Posted by chebu View Post
    What is the meaning of "smoke come out" in the following article?
    It's on 9th paragraph.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8266883.stm

    "By the end of the difficult summit, which, according to Dr. Ariel, dragged on until "smoke came out", Greenwich had won ..."

    Is it a metaphor or idiom?

    Your assistance will be highly appreciated.
    until an agreement was reached

    When a pope is elected, smoke signals come out through the cimney of Sistine Chapel, signalling whether the conclave has managed to elect a new Catholic leader or not. Black smoke means no new pope, white smoke means an agreement has been reached as to the identity the new pope. I think the origin comes from this story.

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    Wink Re: meaning of "smoke come out"

    Dear svartnik

    Thank you so much for your help!
    Also I thank you for telling the origin of this phrase.
    I remember the TV news reporting the day current pope was elected.

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