smack of

smack of something

to be reminiscent of something; to imply something. The whole scheme smacked of dishonesty and deception. All of this story smacks of illegal practices.
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smack of something

to have some of the characteristics or qualities of something The book smacks of having been written by a committee rather than an author with a point of view.
Usage notes: often said about a negative characteristic or quality, as in the example
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smack of

v.
1. To have the distinctive flavor or taste of something: The soup smacks of garlic.
2. To give an indication of something; be suggestive of something: The city's reluctance to investigate the murder smacked of corruption.
See also: of, smack
References in classic literature ?
However, since he seems a friend of yours, here goes--" And with the gladdest, most grateful sound in the world, the happy smack of a fish back home again in the water, after an appalling three minutes spent on land, that prophetic trout was once more an active unit in God's populous universe.
I'd be the better for a smack of the salt water again, and a whiff of the breeze.
cried the little man, with a hearty smack of his hand on the prompt-book.
Descending thence, we again entered the bar-room, where the elderly gentleman above mentioned, the smack of whose lips had spoken so favorably for Mr.
But Queequeg, he had a mortal, barbaric smack of the lip in eating --an ugly sound enough --so much so, that the trembling Dough-Boy almost looked to see whether any marks of teeth lurked in his own lean arms.
He was not sailorly, and yet he had a smack of the sea about him too.
Moti Guj never mistook the pounding blow of the latter for the smack of the former that warned him to get up and turn over on the other side.
The fierce Sir Hugh Calverley, with his yellow mane, and the rugged Sir Robert Knolles, with their war-hardened and veteran companies of English bowmen, headed the long column; while behind them came the turbulent bands of the Bastard of Breteuil, Nandon de Bagerant, one-eyed Camus, Black Ortingo, La Nuit and others whose very names seem to smack of hard hands and ruthless deeds.