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  • adj. having an offensive rancid odor


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  • He spoke a few whispered words, shoving me down the rank-smelling stairwell lit with old iron lanterns.

    Darkness Becomes Her

  • One housemate drank rank-smelling wheatgrass for her breakfast.

    Rereading: Vineland by Thomas Pynchon

  • He might as well have been a rank-smelling animal in an art museum.

    The Six Rules of Maybe

  • Early variations, connected with the customarily riotous pre-Lenten celebrations, were filled with either perfumed or rank-smelling colored water and sealed with a plug of wax.

    Cascarones: Egging On Mexican Fiestas

  • The entire plant is underground, except the large but ephemeral, rank-smelling flowers.

    Tenasserim-South Thailand semi-evergreen rain forests

  • Shaking, he clambered off the wagon as their relief walked up rank-smelling and yawning and belching to take their place.

    Spirit Gate

  • Freedom to realize the inherent inferiority of one's culture, religion, and language, and to cast them aside like sacks of rank-smelling garbage.

    Exceptional Americans Manifest Their Destiny:

  • Men made their own primitive lamps with tin containers filled with the grease that floated on the top of their rank-smelling soup.

    Masters of the Air

  • I was ordered to hunker down behind a rank-smelling tree trunk and cover a small clearing.

    Call to Treason

  • That cat was an unneutered male and peed all over the house that foul, potent, rank-smelling urine particular to tomcats.

    The Last Chance Dog


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