haistaa

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haistaa

  1. (transitive) To sniff, smell.
  2. (transitive) To scent, smell/nose out, get wind/scent of.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To smell, suspect, sense, feel.

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  • The verb is used in various, more or less vulgar interjections commanding the listener to do something — eg. haista kukkanen, often translated as "fuck you" (very mild though; literally: "sniff the flower") and haista paska "fuck you" (strongly vulgar; literally: "sniff the shit") — and that gives the factitive derivative haistattaa "to have [sb] smell [sth]".

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