Now those are destroyed, too, and the animals are strewn about, bloating and stinking, as if in a tableau of “Guernica.”
He gave me some books to read for background, including stinking Creek by John Fetterman, a classic about miners in Kentucky.
And “stinking rich” is the smell of zero carbon emissions at eco-friendly tech company campuses.
present participle adjective from stink (v.). Modifying drunk, first attested 1887; stinking rich dates from 1956.
Old English stincan "emit a smell of any kind" (class III strong verb; past tense stonc), from West Germanic *stenkwanan (cf. Old Saxon stincan, Old High German stinkan, Dutch stinken), from the root of stench. Old English swote stincan "to smell sweet," but offensive sense began in Old English and was primary by mid-13c.; smell now tends the same way. Figurative meaning "be offensive" is from early 13c.; meaning "be inept" is recorded from 1924. To stink to high heaven first recorded 1963.
c.1300, from stink (v.). Sense of "extensive fuss" first recorded 1812.
A tricking or entrapment, either in a confidence scheme or as part of a law-enforcement operation: have used sting to describe undercover operations that use a bogus business operation as a front/ Let's contrast Abscam with traditional law-enforcement stings (1975+)