Verbal Ability - Idioms and Phrases - Discussion

Discussion :: Idioms and Phrases - Section 1 (Q.No.7)

Some proverbs/idioms are given below together with their meanings. Choose the correct meaning of proverb/idiom, If there is no correct meaning given, E (i.e.) 'None of these' will be the answer.


To end in smoke

[A]. To make completely understand
[B]. To ruin oneself
[C]. To excite great applause
[D]. To overcome someone
[E]. None of these

Answer: Option B


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Ritika said: (Jul 9, 2010)  
What does it mean?

Javeed said: (Jul 25, 2010)  
I guess it means to be in dilemma

Namratha Nayak said: (Oct 13, 2010)  

If something ends in smoke, it produces no concrete or positive result. This expression refers to the boasting by a person, of having put in a lot of efforts by him, for a particular cause or to attain a result which is very difficult to be done by any person. (This mainly refers to an investigation of a crime or solving a serious offence or a mystery). But at the end, when the desired result is not obtained, his claims are found to be false and not worth mentioning. So, he looses his credibility.

Pjr said: (Dec 2, 2010)  
To ruin oneself comes close.

Preeti.S said: (Dec 9, 2010)  
It may refer to state when we work hard and all that thing turns to be futile or we get no result as per expectation.

Amita said: (Jan 6, 2011)  
It means fall short, fall through, fall to the ground, come to nothing, end in smoke, fail, miscarry.

Deepika said: (Jan 10, 2011)  
To ruin oneself should be correct.

Sukanya said: (Feb 2, 2011)  
TO ruin onself is the correct answer

Lakshmi said: (May 4, 2011)  
To end in smoke
means reach no conclusion

Sri said: (Jun 28, 2011)  
To end with out any result.

Mayank said: (Aug 6, 2011)  
To burned; hence, to be destroyed or ruined; figuratively, to come to nothing.

Jeni said: (Nov 6, 2011)  
For eg:.

The end in movie without any climax is to ruin oneself.

Prasanna said: (Apr 12, 2012)  
Hi friends!

In my opinion, smoke comes after burning something. After burning nothing remains but a great devastation thus it might be "to end in ruin".

Thiya said: (May 26, 2012)  
Smokers ends their own life by smoking. It means they ruins their own health.

Suhasini said: (Aug 28, 2013)  
To ruin oneself is right.

When a building is on fire, it burns itself emitting lot of smoke and is completely destroyed at the end. Leaving only ash. Likewise To end in smoke means to ruin oneself.

Ganesh said: (Oct 18, 2013)  
In my opinion normally after the smoke nothing remain, means every thing burns, to ruin itself is also in -ve manner.

Daniel said: (May 31, 2014)  
Please help me warn my friends who are in the habit of smoking they are liable to ruin themselves.

Mamta said: (Aug 7, 2014)  
To end in smoke means very near Emphasis is to ruin oneself.

Soniya said: (Sep 24, 2014)  
To come to nothing.

Usage : All the efforts of the principal to bring him round ended in smoke.

Rakesh Panwar said: (Dec 25, 2014)  
It means nothing to come or yielded no result.

Nandhini said: (Jul 22, 2015)  
To end in smoke means, at last the person finally chooses the bad habit of smoking, so he itself ruin his life.

Vibhanand Jha said: (Jun 5, 2016)  
It means "produce no result". How can "ruin oneself" be the right answer? The correct answer should be "E" (ie) None of these.

Sam said: (Apr 27, 2017)  
Yes, I agree @Vibhanand.

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