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    Default drop the ash off a cigarette

    As the title states, does English have (or, are you aware of) a word/phrasal verb for the action described as dropping the ash off a cigarette? To be specific, when you tip the head of a cigarette in order to drop the ash into the ashtray.

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    Default Re: drop the ash off a cigarette

    According to this site How to Enjoy a Cigarette Wiki: 8 steps, the verb is 'ash (your cigarette'. I had not encountered this term.
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    Default Re: drop the ash off a cigarette

    Thank you, somebody suggested me "to ash", but I couldn't (still cannot) find it in the dictionary (as a verb, of course). So, it's OK to use it? Will native speakers understand it (I know, it's a little bit self explanatory even with little context)?

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    Default Re: drop the ash off a cigarette

    I thought you flicked the ashes off a cigarette. Flick can also mean to dispose of the finished cigarette by using your fingers to fling it away. Like, say out the car window.

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    Default Re: drop the ash off a cigarette

    If you're holding the cigarette over an ashtray and tapping it with your finger so that the ash falls off, I would say "tapping" or "knocking" the ash off.

    If you are using your thumb to make the cigarette make a more forceful movement, I would say "flicking" the ash off.

    I haven't heard of "to ash" either.

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    Default Re: drop the ash off a cigarette

    I think I've heard both ash off and ash out.

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    Default Re: drop the ash off a cigarette

    I've found "shake off" on the web but I find it strange. How does one shake the ash off a cigarette? I'm trying it right now and it doesn't work.

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    Default Re: drop the ash off a cigarette

    Maybe your tobacco is too sticky. Have you tried Egyptian tobacco? ;)

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    Default Re: drop the ash off a cigarette

    I've always heard "knock the ash off".

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    Default Re: drop the ash off a cigarette

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Maybe your tobacco is too sticky. Have you tried Egyptian tobacco? ;)
    I haven't, no. Is it good? I haven't seen it where I live though, unless we count Camel.

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