smell to heaven

smell to high heaven

1. To have a very strong unpleasant scent. Can you take this trash out? It smells to high heaven. Ugh, something in this refrigerator smells to high heaven!
2. To be or seem extremely disreputable, suspicious, or corrupt. This deal between the company and the mayor's office smells to high heaven, if you ask me. This town smelled to high heaven before I came in and brought some law and order to it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

smell to (high) heaven

1. Go to stink to high heaven.
2. Fig. to give signals that cause suspicion. This deal is messed up. It smells to high heaven. something's wrong here. Somebody blabbed. This setup smells to high heaven.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

smell to heaven

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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The Gazette article mentioned above targeted the "insane behavior" of those who defiled their "God-given" bodies by a practice that gives them "the breath of a turkey buzzard" and makes them "smell to heaven." Smoking, said The Gazette article, "is a physical, as well as a moral and mental, vice."