Phrasal Verbs

smell of

This page is about the phrasal verb smell of


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.

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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