savor of

savor of

1. To have the taste or smell of something; to taste or smell in a similar way to something. This broth savors of mint a little bit. This peculiar flower savors of rotting flesh to attract flies and beetles as pollinators.
2. To be strikingly reminiscent or suggestive of something; to give a strong indication or implication of something. Their whole PR statement about the firing savors of corporate greed and incompetence. The judge's sudden reversal of his decision savors of bribery, if you ask me. The way she talked to him savored of arrogance.
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savor of something

to taste like something. This casserole savors of nutmeg. The meat savors of too much garlic.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

savor of

v.
1. To have some taste or smell: This dish savors of curry.
2. To display some quality or characteristic: Your attitude savors of vanity.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
"The soul not being mistress of herself," says Thseng-tseu, "one looks, and one does not see; one listens, and one does not hear; one eats, and one does not know the savor of food." He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.
Though the certainty of this criterion is far from demonstrable, yet it has the savor of analogical probability.
Also, there's the ineluctable savor of late Picabia, of course, for postmodern terrible is marvelous revisionism.