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Blowing Smoke

Posted by ESC on July 13, 2004

In Reply to: Blowing Smoke posted by Mike on July 13, 2004

: Where does the phrase "Don't blow somke up my ass" somce from?
: The meaning is "don't give me false praise" or "Don't lie to me".
: The only clue I've found is that it may have something to do with tobacco enemas

Here's what was said during a previous discussion:

The smoke is the same as in "smoke and mirrors" to descrive the distractive illusions of a magician.

And "smoke and mirrors":

Meaning Trickery or deception.
Origin From the performances of stage conjurers who use these devices to hoodwink the audience. Used more generally since the 1980s.