Smoke 'em if you got 'em

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This article is about the phrase. For the 1990 album, see Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em (album).

The phrase "Smoke 'em if You Got 'em" or "Smoke if You Got 'em" is slang for "do what you want, if you have the means". The first phrase was popular in the military during World War II, meaning to take a break. Officers would say "Smoke 'em if you got 'em", allowing the soldiers to take a break and smoke their cigarettes.[1]

It is occasionally used by live performers as part of a repartee bidding goodnight to an audience or introducing the last or next to last song of the night.


  1. ^ Vic Morrow - Combat! ABC television series October 1962