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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!"
See also: cry, fish, stinking

stink up

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.
See also: stink, up

be stinking rich

To have a lot of money. This term is usually disparaging. I can't believe it—that guy's stinking rich but won't give a dime to charity.
See also: rich, stinking

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 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.
See also: stink, up

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

stinking rich

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.
See also: rich, stinking

stinking with something

Fig. having lots of something. Mr. Wilson is just stinking with cash. Those guys are stinking with jewelry.
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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

cry stinking fish

disparage 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’.
See also: cry, fish, stinking

stink (or smell) to high heaven

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

be stinking ˈrich

(informal, usually disapproving) be extremely rich: He doesn’t need to work for a living — he’s stinking rich.
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stink up

v.
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.
See also: stink, up

stinking

1. Go to stinking (drunk).
2. mod. lousy; rotten. That was a mean stinking thing to do. Really stinking!

stinking (drunk)

mod. alcohol intoxicated. He was really stinking.
See also: drunk, stinking

stinking

verb

stinking rich

mod. very rich. I’d like to be stinking rich for the rest of my life.
See also: rich, stinking

stinking with something

mod. with lots of something. Mr. Wilson is just stinking with dough.
See also: something, stinking