Smoke In Your Eye

Posted by Brandon on April 30, 2007

Unreleated to the "**** in your eye" post, what does this phrase mean. I've heard it used several times, but the prime example I can remember is from a Les Savy Fav song, "Pills":

"I must admit," I said with a smile "I'm frightened as a child."

And I suspect by the smoke in your eye you're thinking "so am I".

Now, my thoughts are that it means someone who has tears in their eye but is too proud to admit it, using "smoke in my eye" as an excuse for the teariness. Anyway, any help on this phrase would be appreciated.