Nevertheless, it continues to smolder away in Chicago, posing a potential threat to the Obama administration.
The embers of guilt over the entire episode are placed deep within Hilly, where it will smolder for the rest of his life.
Rob can just sort of stand there and look at something and start to smolder.
c.1300 (implied in smoldering), "to smother, suffocate," related to Middle Dutch smolen, Low German smelen, Flemish smoel "hot," from Proto-Germanic *smel-, *smul-. The intransitive meaning "burn and smoke without flame" is first recorded 1520s, fell from use 17c. (though smoldering persisted in poetry) and was revived 19c. Figurative sense "exist in a suppressed state; burn inwardly" is from 1810. Related: Smouldered; smolderingly. Middle English also had a noun smolder meaning "smoky vapor, a stifling smoke."