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cry stinking fish

To undermine one's own efforts. To put oneself down. Primarily heard in UK. A: "And I'm awful at doing reports." B: "Come on, buddy, don't cry stinking fish! You're so talented and have so much to offer the company—don't put yourself down!"
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stinking rich

Fig. very rich. I'd like to be stinking rich for the rest of my life. Tiffany is stinking rich, and she acts like it.
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stinking with something

Fig. having lots of something. Mr. Wilson is just stinking with cash. Those guys are stinking with jewelry.
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cry stinking fish

disparage your own efforts or products.
This expression stems from the practice of street vendors crying their wares (i.e. shouting and praising their goods) to attract customers. If a vendor were to cry ‘stinking fish’, he could not expect to attract many.
1991 Independent on Sunday I want to use the Home Affairs Committee Report for those in racing to go forward together and at last to stop crying ‘stinking fish’.
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be stinking ˈrich

(informal, usually disapproving) be extremely rich: He doesn’t need to work for a living — he’s stinking rich.
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stinking

1. Go to stinking (drunk).
2. mod. lousy; rotten. That was a mean stinking thing to do. Really stinking!

stinking (drunk)

mod. alcohol intoxicated. He was really stinking.
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stinking

verb

stinking rich

mod. very rich. I’d like to be stinking rich for the rest of my life.
See also: rich, stinking

stinking with something

mod. with lots of something. Mr. Wilson is just stinking with dough.
See also: something, stinking