If something is looking wrong, there must be probably wrong with it, there is always a basis for any rumor


  • The expression has the origins way back at least 43 B.C. The expression has been used in one way or another but it became popular in the 16th century. It is true that some smoke is bound to appear where there is fire. The idiom is used as a metaphor where the smoke is used to represent something that is suspicious and the fire is used to represent some bad deeds. So, the expression explains that if there is any suspicion about an event, there is a probability that it must have happened.

People always believe in your involvement even if you aren’t. I guess people think where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Where There's Smoke, There's Fire':

where there's smoke, there's fireIf there is telltale evidence of some event, the event is probably occurring.
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اينما وجد الدخان وجد الحريق

Wo Rauch ist ist auch Feuer

Donde hay humo, hay fuego

quand il y a de la fumée il y a du feu

जहा धुआँ है वह आग है

dove c'è fumo, c'è fuoco

איפה שיש עשן יש אש


ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಗೆ, ಬೆಂಕಿ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ

연기가 나는 곳에 불이납니다

ubi fumus est ignis

waar rook is is vuur

tam, gdzie jest dym, tam jest ogień

onde há fumaça há fogo

где дым, там огонь


dumanın olduğu yerde ateş var

nơi có khói, có lửa

וווּ עס איז רויך, עס איז פייַער



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