smack of

phrasal verb

smacked of; smacking of; smacks of
: to seem to contain or involve (something unpleasant)
That suggestion smacks of hypocrisy.

Examples of smack of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dry version comes with a fortifying bowl of chicken and pork bone broth that smacks of roasted garlic. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2024 The May 1968 uprisings, Woodstock, even the fervour with which the young threw themselves into the civil rights campaigns smacked of the rebelliousness that usually foreshadows a fin desiècle; the end of a regime and its replacement with something new. Yanis Varoufakis, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2024 So although the late changes to the trial’s design don’t smack of spin, as Adam initially had supposed, the CEO’s candor doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the company’s ability to deliver positive results. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 23 Feb. 2024 Even in its infancy, there was something in New York graffiti that smacked of Business Art. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2024 This vivacious pink and gold salad, with its array of textures and smack of citrus, lit up my winter evening. Melissa Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2024 The idea is to build expertise in home countries rather than needing Americans to parachute in when problems are detected, which takes too long and smacks of colonialism. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 1 Jan. 2024 Allocating resources for anticipated growth that may or may not occur smacks of the kind of central planning that dooms many economies. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 But the bread was like a gray cloud that swallowed the lush stracciatella and blurred the meaty smack of the mortadella and salame. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024

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“Smack of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smack%20of. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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