stink to high heaven


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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!
See also: heaven, high, stink

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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Tremorfa Nursery School governor Matt Greenough said: "The council's plans stink to high heaven, pure and simple.
Because the lavatories have started to stink to high heaven in the hot weather.
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 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.