EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SMELL OUT

By the mere health of his soul he could smell out the evil of a plutocracy.

"Now you gone they kill those who Bonsa smell out," said Jeekie.

And you think maybe she can smell out where Melissa has hid the snuffbox!

Once in her room he could not help but smell out her five thousand dollars.

For, you see, I don't get a smell out of what they're doin'.

I went home, walking all the way, and trying to get the smell out of my mouth.

I ask you of your kindness to let us go to our homes and get this smell out of our nostrils.

You smell out the hedgerows, and every borstal leads you out on to the grass.

Petticoat Lane is not exactly the place for philosophizing, nor will it be for me till I get its smell out of my nostrils.

"They but answer their nature, which is to nose about and smell out what's a-frying," growled Putman.

WORD ORIGIN

late 12c., "emit or perceive an odor," not found in Old English, perhaps cognate with Middle Dutch smolen, Low German smelen "to smolder" (see smolder). However, OED says "no doubt of Old English origin, but not recorded, and not represented in any of the cognate languages." Related: Smelled or smelt; smelling.

Smelling salts (1840), used to revive the woozy, typically were a scented preparation of carbonate of ammonia. Smell-feast (n.) "one who finds and frequents good tables, one who scents out where free food is to be had" is from 1510s ("very common" c.1540-1700, OED). Smell-smock "licentious man" was in use c.1550-c.1900. To smell a rat "be suspicious" is from 1540s.

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