smell of

This page is about the phrasal verb smell of.

Meaning: to have a particular smell

For example:

  • smell of sth Steve says that his clothes always smell of cigarettes after a night at the pub.

  • smell of sth His girlfriend was suspicious when he came home smelling of perfume.

Note: For a very strong smell, we can say "reek of", or for a very bad smell, we can say "stink of".

Quick Quiz:

I knew he'd been drinking because his breath smelled of

a. bottles

b. alcohol

c. bartenders

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