stink to high heaven


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stink to high heaven

1. To have a very strong unpleasant scent. Can you take this trash out? It stinks to high heaven. Ugh, something in this refrigerator stinks to high heaven!
2. To be or seem extremely disreputable, suspicious, or corrupt. This deal between the company and the mayor's office stinks to high heaven, if you ask me. This town stank to high heaven before I came in and brought some law and order to it.
See also: heaven, high, stink

stink to high heaven

 and smell to high heaven
Fig. to smell very bad. What happened? This place stinks to high heaven. This meat smells to high heaven. Throw it away!
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stink to high heaven

Also, smell to high heaven. Be of very poor quality; also, be suspect or in bad repute. For example, This plan of yours stinks to high heaven, or His financial schemes smell to high heaven; I'm sure they're dishonest. This expression alludes to something so rank that it can be smelled from a great distance. [c. 1600]
See also: heaven, high, stink

stink (or smell) to high heaven

have a very strong and unpleasant odour.
See also: heaven, high, stink

smell/stink to high ˈheaven

(informal)
1 have a very strong and unpleasant smell: When was the last time you cleaned the dog kennel? It stinks to high heaven.
2 seem to be very dishonest or morally unacceptable: This whole deal stinks to high heaven. I’m sure somebody was bribed.
See also: heaven, high, smell, stink
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True, their rather flimsy missive to integrate the Valleys under the umbrella of the Cardiff Blues does stink to high heaven of the crassest of window-dressings.
Admittedly, they do need some new ones, the corridor from the main entrance to the Hideaway Bar does stink to high heaven where they are - but come on, it must be the track that foots the bill out of its own profits, not the industry.
"But take a long, hot bath in the morning to wash the smell away, or you'll stink to high heaven!"
But for a 55-year-old man to discover that he wasn't wanted any more as he finished his cornflakes really does stink to high heaven.
It's hard to see to see how anyone could have the slightest interest in backing County, who currently stink to high heaven and have lost nine on the trot for rookie boss Carlton Palmer.
You'll need a clothes peg though - the ripening cheeses and the mountain goats in Les Linderets stink to high heaven!
The very term seaweed gives people the idea that it is something greenish or brownish in color that is washed ashore and that it would probably stink to high heavens.