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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!"
1. To fill something or some place with a foul odor. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stink" and "up." Tom, your tuna sandwich is stinking up the office! Please go eat it somewhere else! Please don't stink the house up with your smoking—if you have to do it, go outside.
2. To give a very poor or poorly received performance in some location. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stink" and "up." Hopefully this awful play won't be stinking up theaters for much longer. I've never seen them play so poorly. They're really stinking the place up tonight.
be stinking rich
To have a lot of money. The term is usually disparaging. I can't believe it—that guy's stinking rich but won't give a dime to charity. We'll be stinking rich if we can market these to the right audience.
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.
stink on ice
To be exceptionally rotten, repulsive, or poor. From the idea of meat stinking with rot even when kept cold on ice. This is a travesty for everyone involved. The whole situation just stinks on ice. I knew the plan stank on ice the moment the boss began describing it.
stink with (something)
1. To smell very potently of something unpleasant. My hands always stink with garlic after I have to chop it up. He came down for his school dance stinking with aftershave. The house stinks with wet dog—open the window!
2. To have an excessive or obscene amount of something; to be rife with something. Their family positively stinks with money. This city has been stinking with corruption for years.
See also: stink
stink of (something)
1. To smell very potently of something unpleasant. My hands always stink of garlic after I have to chop it up. He came down for his prom stinking of his dad's aftershave. The house stinks of wet dog—open the window!
2. To have a lot of or give the strong impression of something particularly unpleasant, offensive, or insidious. The deal struck by the government and the corporate lobbying groups stinks of corruption. The verdict of the trial stinks of prejudice. Their family positively stinks of money.
Extremely drunk; so drunk that one stinks of alcohol. If you're going to keep coming home stinking drunk each night, then you can just find somewhere else to live! We all ended up getting stinking drunk on cheap vodka.
Extremely wealthy. Their family is stinking rich, so they can afford to go on such extravagant vacations every year. Janet got stinking rich off her investments.
1. noun, slang A great fuss or ruckus; a lot of trouble. Used especially in the phrase "make/raise a stink" or similar variations. My mom raised a stink when the store refused to accept her return without a receipt. One of the customers is making a stink about the service charge we included on his bill.
2. noun, slang Something scandalous, controversial, or especially unpleasant. The stink of his association with the corrupt company continues to follow him to this day. He knew it was just a matter of time before the stink surrounding him caught the attention of the authorities.
3. verb, slang To be especially bad, abhorrent, or inferior in quality. Your plan stinks, Tom! There's no way it would work! The timing of this audit just really stinks. The first film was an overlooked classic, but the two sequels both stink.
4. verb, slang To be or seem extremely disreputable, suspicious, or corrupt. This deal between the company and the mayor's office stinks, if you ask me. I'd be willing to bet that someone's pocket is being lined. This city stank to high heaven before I came in and brought some law and order to it.
stink on ice
Sl. to be really rotten. (so rotten as to reek even when frozen.) This show stinks on ice. The whole idea stank on ice.
stink something up
to make something or some place smell very bad. Your cooking really stunk the place up! The rotten eggs will stink up the whole house.
stink to high heavenand 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!
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.
stinking with something
Fig. having lots of something. Mr. Wilson is just stinking with cash. Those guys are stinking with jewelry.
See also: stinking
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]
cry stinking fishdisparage 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’.
stink (or smell) to high heavenhave a very strong and unpleasant odour.
be stinking ˈrich(informal, usually disapproving) be extremely rich: He doesn’t need to work for a living — he’s stinking rich.
1. To cause something to have a strong foul odor: The garbage is stinking up the kitchen. Keep your shoes on so you don't stink the car up with your smelly feet!
2. To perform very poorly in some place: The movie is stinking up theaters across the US. That band really stunk the joint up last night.
1. in. to be repellent; to be suspicious and poorly planned. (Of schemes and plots.) This whole setup stinks.
2. n. a commotion. (see also raise a stink (about someone/something).) The stink you made about money has done no good at all. You’re fired.
stink on ice
in. to be really rotten, bad, poorly done, or repellent. (So rotten as to reek even when frozen.) This show stinks on ice.
1. Go to stinking (drunk).
2. mod. lousy; rotten. That was a mean stinking thing to do. Really stinking!
mod. alcohol intoxicated. He was really stinking.
See stinking drunk
mod. very rich. I’d like to be stinking rich for the rest of my life.
stinking with something
mod. with lots of something. Mr. Wilson is just stinking with dough.