stink on ice

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the notion that if organic matter smells bad even when on ice then it must be truly rotten.

Verb[edit]

stink on ice (third-person singular simple present stinks on ice, present participle stinking on ice, simple past stank on ice, past participle stunk on ice)

  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To be of very poor quality, even repulsive.