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Language: Old English
Origin: stincan


1 verb
stink1 S3 past tense stank past participle stunk [intransitive]
1 to have a strong and very unpleasant smell:
It stinks in here!
stink of
His breath stank of alcohol.
The toilets stank to high heaven (=stank very much).
2 spoken used to say that something is bad, unfair, dishonest etc:
Don't eat there - the food stinks!
The whole justice system stinks.

stink something ↔ out

phrasal verb
to fill a place with a very unpleasant smell:
Those onions are stinking the whole house out.

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