Maziar was thrown in jail and brutalized for months by an interrogator who reeked of rosewater cologne.
He called his actions “regrettable,” a term that reeked of lawyerly caution.
As if, after all the above, one would want anything that reeked of lifeless imitation.
It reeked of death and was littered with trash and human remains.
On the House side, Speaker John Boehner's selection of Jeb Hensarling to serve as co-chair also reeked of hyperpartisan hackery.
He had been shivering when he came in; now he reeked with perspiration.
The house was new but jerry-built, reeked of drains, and swarmed with vermin.
She was what might be called—charitably—a peripatetic person, and she reeked of very strong perfume.
It was a squalid hovel, and reeked of the earth out of which it was dug.
She smelled the secret; it reeked through the house, and she was devoured by eagerness to know.
Old English rec (Anglian), riec (West Saxon), "smoke from burning material," probably from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse reykr, Danish rǿg, Swedish rök "smoke, steam," from Proto-Germanic *raukiz (cf. Old Frisian rek, Middle Dutch rooc, Old High German rouh, German Rauch "smoke, steam"), from PIE *reug- "to vomit, belch;" also "smoke, cloud." Sense of "stench" is attested 1650s, via the notion of "that which rises" (cf. reek (v.)).
Old English recan (Anglian), reocan (West Saxon) "emit smoke," from Proto-Germanic *reukanan (cf. Old Frisian reka "smoke," Middle Dutch roken, Dutch rieken "to smoke," Old High German riohhan "to smoke, steam," German rauchen "to smoke," riechen "to smell").
Originally a strong verb, with past tense reac, past participle gereocen, but occasionally showing weak conjugation in Old English. Meaning "to emit smoke;" meaning "to emit a bad smell" is recorded from 1710 via sense "be heated and perspiring" (early 15c.). Related: Reeked; reeking.