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smoking lamp

noun
1.
formerly, a lamp aboard ship for lighting pipes, now used figuratively to indicate when smoking is or is not allowed:
The smoking lamp is lit.
Origin of smoking lamp
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • A hook-nosed woman, carrying a smoking lamp, conducted him to a room under the eaves.

    Sandy Alice Hegan Rice
  • He placed the smoking lamp upon the bare board table and turned.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • "Wish they would pipe down and light the smoking lamp," said the second loader.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee" Russell Doubleday
  • Hammocks were already piped up and the smoking lamp was lit.

  • I raised myself on my elbows, and, in the light of the smoking lamp, saw that he was shaking all over.

    Over The Side W.W. Jacobs
  • He looked at the smoking lamp and listened to the barking of the hungry dogs.

    The Colossus Opie Read
  • She poked the red lumps of coke and lowered the wick of the smoking lamp.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • Then they went away, and the puppet Rhine maidens returned and capered desperately about the smoking lamp.

    Wagner at Home Judith Gautier
  • It was dirty and dark, being lit only by a smoking lamp on the mantel-shelf, and was not much larger than a full-sized cupboard.

  • The smoking lamp stood on the table, and in front of the fire was her mother hammering a ring off the kettle with a poker.

    Ditte: Girl Alive! Martin Andersen Nexo

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