reek | reeking

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have a strong and unpleasant smell

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reek - stink

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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.

Synonyms stench
Antonyms fragrant,bouquet,aromatic

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  1. It was hard working in that factory. The reek of raw meat always made me feel nauseous.

  2. I don’t trust the official police report on the matter. The whole thing reeks of a cover-up.

  3. The bartender would go home every night reeking of alcohol and cigarette smoke.

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