have a strong and unpleasant smell
reek - stink
If something ‘reeks’ then it gives off a pungent and offensive odour, the kind that would cause a person to grimace in disgust. It implies a saturating and permeating smell that hangs in the air. The term can also be used in relation to something that gives a strong impression of an unpleasant concept, feeling, or practice.
It was hard working in that factory. The reek of raw meat always made me feel nauseous.
I don’t trust the official police report on the matter. The whole thing reeks of a cover-up.
The bartender would go home every night reeking of alcohol and cigarette smoke.