smoke him out

  • Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    In this context, the expression is being used figuratively. It means that the police will uncover/discover where the tycoon is hiding; i.e., the police will find the tycoon.
     

    se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I suppose that 'smoke out' refers, originally and literally, to sending smoke down the burrow of vermin to make them come to the surface. Your quotation compares the tycoon to vermin who must be forced out of hiding to be exterminated or perhaps just punished.
     
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