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A heavy, stale atmosphere, especially the musty air of an overcrowded or poorly ventilated room: "In spite of the open windows the stench had become a reeking fug" (Colleen McCullough).
[Perhaps alteration of fogo, stench.]
chiefly Brit a hot, stale, or suffocating atmosphere
[C19: perhaps variant of fog1]
stale air, esp. the humid, warm, ill-smelling air of a crowded room, kitchen, etc.
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|Noun||1.||fug - (British informal) an airless smoky smelly atmosphere|
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom