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1 give out a strong unpleasant smell. 2 suggest something unpleasant or suspicious in a situation.
A place reeks of tobacco and alcohol if it gives out the smell of tobacco and alcohol. A drunk reeks of alcohol, as we get that smell from them. 'Even hours after the fire was put out, the place reeked of burnt wood and rubber.� This means that the place continued to give out the smell of burnt wood and rubber even after the fire was put out.
- Just out of the bar, he was reeking of beer. I found it difficult to talk to him for more than a few minutes because of the strong smell of beer in his breath.
- The room was reeking with the smell of rotting flesh because of the dead cat lying there for two days.