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Topic: ODOURS

Language: Old English
Origin: reocan

reek

verb
     
reek [intransitive]
CO to have a strong bad smell [= stink]:
This room absolutely reeks.
reek of
He reeked of sweat.
reek noun [singular]
the reek of cigarettes and beer

reek of something

phrasal verb
to seem very clearly to have a particular quality or be connected with something bad:
The whole business reeks of dishonesty.
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