1. a fuss, a furore, a scandal; cite 1961 refers to an alarm.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 271: When any robbery of moment has been committed, which causes much alarm, or of which much is said in the daily papers, the family people will say, there is a great stink about it.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1812].|
|Sl. Dict. 311: Stink a disagreeable exposure. ‘To stir up a stink’ is to make a disclosure which is generally unpleasant in its effect.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 16 June 15/2: A rather brutal yarn about a ‘skin’ and a ‘blasted ass’ and a cove who ‘got the nark’ and a bloke who ‘flew into a stink.’.|
|Rigby’s Romance (1921) Ch. xi: 🌐 Case of vigilate et (adj.) orate, when a man’s in such a (sheol) of a (adj.) st-nk.|
|Truth (Wellington) 11 Jan. 5/5: Himself [...] made a hell of a ‘stink’ in Christchurch.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 2 June 21/1: ‘If there was a “stink,” he'd have the goods on him, and I should worry.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 229: It sure caused a stink.Young Manhood in|
|(con. 1920s) Burglar to the Nobility 46: The stink will be in for us now, we must hide until it gets dark again.|
|We Who Are About to Die 190: The lawyer [...] just had us plead guilty, all nice an’ easy an’ quiet, an’ no stink about it.|
|Tough Guy [ebook] ‘[T]he jewboy let out a stink. Said if you’d be there he wouldn’t’.|
|Cop Team 57: A pusher isn’t going to make a stink to the cops.|
|Brown’s Requiem 57: He was probably the only one in L.A. who believed the fourth man existed, and Jesus Christ, did he make a stink about it.|
|Stormy Weather 240: The papers and TV are making a big stink.|
|(con. 1964-65) Sex and Thugs and Rock ’n’ Roll 252: We were expecting a stink but they turned out to be OK.|
|I, Fatty 122: A big stink linking the top dogs [...] to political payoffs would have sunk the studio.|
|(con. 1943) Coorparoo Blues [ebook] ‘So Flash Harry here [...] kicks up a stink, then next thing he’s gone’.|
|Drawing Dead [ebook] I knew she wouldn’t like it. That she’d kick up a fucking stink.|
2. a contemptible person.
|Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 3: Rody Kickham was a decent fellow but Nasty Roche was a stink.|
|letter 4 June in Paige (1971) 137: Meredith is, to me, chiefly a stink. I should never write on him as I detest him too much ever to trust myself as a critic on him.|
|Uniform of Glory 36: ‘You unspeakable species of filth! You walking stink!’.|
|Tucker’s People (1944) 88: That stink, Tucker!|
|(con. 1944) Mad in Pursuit 264: The people are a stink to you. That’s all. Just a stink.|
|Record (Hackensack. NJ) 23 June 15/1: ‘He’s crazy [...] He’s a stink’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 200: stink Any person, situation or object considered unpleasant, used without a preceding article, eg, ‘That movie was stink.’ Juvenile usage latter C20, now general.|
3. a fight.
|We Were the Rats 65: I was in the last stink, and take it from me, your paybook’s your Bible.|
|Big Huey 254: stink (n) Fight, brawl.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 98: They’d had a bit of a stink [...] with a bunch of yobbos [...] out on a bucks’ night.|
|Neddy (1998) 148: The nights always ended in a stink, with me having to do the fighting. He couldn’t hold his hands up.|
4. the quality of rawness, earthiness, ‘soul’ .
|Brother Ray 163: They got a certain stink that the guys in L.A. lack. [...] I miss the filth—the East Coast filth—that you hear on the streets and in the recording studios of New York City.|
|Adventures 68: Barry [White] knew how to get the funk and the stink and the groove and the fire out of your soul and put it in your ass.|
5. (US black) the vagina.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
6. (US) the anus.
|Cherry 128: About a dozen kids were hanging around, and Borges was teaching them the shocker. He arranged his fingers just so. He said, ‘Two in the pink. One in the stink’.|
to cause trouble, to create a disturbance; thus (nonce use) stink-kicker-upper.
|‘Coming Round the Horn’ in Songs of the Amer. West (1968) 24: A meeting now and then was held, which kicked up quite a stink.et al.|
|Potter Enterprise (Condersport, PA) 27 Apr. 2/2: Some political ringsters [...] proceed to kick up a stink.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 15 Dec. 163: Higginson’s little bull’s-eye began to kick up a fearful stink.|
|(con. 1917–18) War Bugs 150: He kicked up a big stink.|
|Mirror (Perth) 9 June 16/6: ‘Well, I mean I wouldn’t kick up a stink,’ he explained.|
|S.F. Examiner 24 Jan. 27/1: He’s a stink-kicker-upper par excellence when it comes to Reds and Pinkos.|
|Riverslake 219: She was always kicking up a stink about something.|
|A Good Keen Man 181: Somebody had been kicking up a stink about a shooter who had cut his leg with a slasher.|
|in Living Black 81: It’s distant enough not to make them kick up a big stink.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] I was still married to yer Aunt Ada and she’d have kicked up a stink!‘Watching the Girls go by’|
|Filth 30: I’ll kick up a stink through the Federation and the craft if I have to.|
|Irish Indep. (Dublin) 2 Oct. 6/6: [headline] Town chiefs kick up a stink over ‘sickening’ sewage stench.|
|Calgary Herald (Alberta) 14 Dec. 47/4: Measures to limit tax deferral [...] will be buried in the 2018 budget and so less likely to kick up a stink.|
to make a fuss; to cause trouble.
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 250/2: The newspapers of the district [...] had raised before the eye and mind of the public, what the ‘patterers’ of his class proverbially call a ‘stink’.|
|Ottowa Free Trader (IL) 27 Feb. 4/1: It will not be long before the turning of the drainings of the filthy city [...] will raise a bigger political stink than the waters do now.|
|Grenola Hornet (KS) 6 Mar. 1/2: They [...] nursed her tenderly for the scandalous statements they can induce her to make about the citizens, in order to raise a stink.|
|Huntington Democrat (IN) 8 Aug. 4/2: ‘Oh, I know it will raise a stink for a while, but it will soon blow over’.|
|L.A. Times pt VIII 16 Jan. 10/2: One of the first things [...] McCarthy did [...] was to raise a stink over a garbage plant bought before he became ruler.|
|Peace in Our Time 118: She raised a stink because she wasn’t in Tatler last week.|
|They Die with Their Boots Clean 116: They’re raising a stink in some of the comic papers about ’ow silly it is to blanco your equipment.|
|Long Good-Bye 59: Her face was beaten to a pulp. Second degree murder would be the best he could get, and even that would raise a stink.|
|(con. 1944) Rats in New Guinea 116: In any case she would probably wake up and raise such a stink I’d find myself in the boob.|
|Dly Indep. Jrnl (San Rafael, CA) 23 May 10/1: Some people don’t like hogs [...] nd these people raise a stink if they look out their bedroom window and see a giant sow.|
|Albany Democrat Herald (OR) 11 May 4/1: He raised a stink about a Navy weapons system that had been inadequately tested.|
|Dly Republican-Register (Mount Carmel, IL) 5 June 1/2: [headline] Marion residnt raised a stink over subdivision plan.|
|Calgary Herald (Alberta) 4 Mar. F8/4: Marcel Duchamp’s urinal, which in 1917 he entered in a show as a work of art [...] He raised a stink when it was rejected.|
|Fort Collins Coloradoan (CO) 2 July PA5/2: ‘He’s raising a stink [...] for the folks who can’t afford it’.|
SE in slang uses
|Awfully Big Adventure 17: How would you like to [...] ride eighty miles carrying spare parts on a stink-bike.‘The Wooing of Mouldy Jakes’ in|
(US) something, or someone, disgusting or deplorable.
|Gospel According to St Luke’s 200: Well you dirty sarcastic stink-bomb, you—.|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Stink bomb, scandalous divorce proceedings.|
|Brownsville Herald (TX) 7 Dec. 4/6: [Walter] Winchell Fomests Hate and War [...] He is a stink bomb. He is a two-legged skunk.|
|Mine Enemy Grows Older (1959) 74: I thought I had better douse this stink bomb before he loused up my act.|
|Jrnl Gaz. (Mattoon, IL) 5 Oct. 4/2: Oliver North [...] is a stink bomb.|
see stinkpot n. (2)
(US) a repellent individual.
|News-Jrnl (Mansfield, OH) 15 Dec. 17/6: ‘He’s a stink-butt,’ my Mommy said.|
a motorcar .
|Sporting Times 27 Apr. 21: The advent of the stink-car was almost as mournful a feature in the proceedings as was the mob of habitual bookmakers ‘resting’ by the bars.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 361: Horseflesh is a hobby of mine. Don’t think otherwise because I am running a stink engine.|
see separate entries.
see separate entries.
(S.Afr.) a lavatory.
|Mooi Street (1994) 312: Throwing Jeyes Fluid [...] down that stinkgat is not going to help.‘Return of Elvis’|
|Rusty Bugles I ii: He writes all about the food and the stink-hole outside the Mess and no leave for twenty-three months.|
|(con. 1944) Stalag 17 [film script] 125: [In Latrine] We’re busting out of this stink-hole in exactly [...] one minute and twenty seconds.|
see separate entry.
(N.Z.) an automobile.
|N.Z. Truth 4 July 4/6: The other flash stink-wagon was drawn up ready to take a party of young ladies.|
1. a cigar.
|10-Story Detective Feb. 🌐 So I says I will smoke this buck stinkweed [...] I take a light and start puffing away.‘Smoke Scream’ in|
2. (drugs) marijuana.
|DAUL 212/1: Stinkweed. Marijuana.et al.|
|Recreational Drugs.et al.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 20: Stink weed — Marijuana.|
3. a smoker of marijuana.
|USA Confidential 29: New York’s pink little stink-weed commissioned a committee of dizzy do-gooders to report on the reefer situation.|
a great deal of, a large amount of.
|Beggarman, Thief (1993) 406: We’d’ve been in a stink of a mess without him .|
(W.I.) to behave badly, to start a noisy argument.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|
|Tell England (1965) 251: Apparently the East Cheshires are holding an awkward position on a place called Fusilier Bluff, and being killed like stink by a well-placed whizz-bang gun.|
|You’re in the Racket, Too 93: She would probably scream like stink if she awakened.|
|(con. 1912) George Brown’s Schooldays 157: I hope to stink the old swine’s right because like that they won’t plough me for Sandhurst.|
|Bitten by the Tarantula (2005) 203: Bogart’s planning like stink.‘The Dark Diceman’ in|
|Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 206: Chippie’s ta-fong [i.e. typhoon] was really blowing like stink right up our chuff .diary 30 Apr. in|
|inI Could Be Happy 237: Darling boy, I miss you like stink, and I shall be the happiest girl in the world when I come to meet you off your boat.|
|Across the South Pacific 200: They all work like stink. Long hours. No overtime.|
|Sweet Thursday 231: I’ll have to move like stink to catch up.|
|How to Build a Small-Block Chevy for the Street 14: If you find a rebuildable 302 of either configuration, grab it. [...] They go like stink right out of the box.|
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: spice islands. [...] Stink-hole bay or dilberry creek. The fundament.|
(US) very closely.
|Stick a Fork In Me 47: ‘Football is a man’s game played down in the trenches, stink on stink’.|
to make a foolish blunder, to be very gullible.
|Adventures of Gil Blas (1822) II 177: Simple and cullible, so far from smelling out the rat, he took his stink for a nosegay.(trans.)|