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 for In a fume
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fume \Fume\ (f[=u]m), n. [L. fumus; akin to Skr. dh[=u]ma smoke,
     dh[=u] to shake, fan a flame, cf. Gr. qy`ein to sacrifice,
     storm, rage, qy`mon, qy`mos, thyme, and perh. to E. dust: cf.
     OF. fum smoke, F. fum['e]e. Cf. Dust, n., Femerell,
     Thyme.]
     1. Exhalation; volatile matter (esp. noxious vapor or smoke)
        ascending in a dense body; smoke; vapor; reek; as, the
        fumes of tobacco.
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              The fumes of new shorn hay.           --T. Warton.
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              The fumes of undigested wine.         --Dryden.
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     2. Rage or excitement which deprives the mind of
        self-control; as, the fumes of passion. --South.
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     3. Anything vaporlike, unsubstantial, or airy; idle conceit;
        vain imagination.
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              A show of fumes and fancies.          --Bacon.
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     4. The incense of praise; inordinate flattery.
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              To smother him with fumes and eulogies. --Burton.
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     5. (Metal.) Solid material deposited by condensation of
        fumes; as, lead fume (a grayish powder chiefly lead
        sulphate).
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     In a fume, in ill temper, esp. from impatience.
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