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1. Having a foul smell; fetid.
2. Slang Drunk; intoxicated.
adv. Slang
Used as an intensive: stinking rich.

stink′ing·ly adv.
stink′ing·ness n.
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The design of the building is stinkingly different to the historic buildings in its surrounds, particularly the ruins of Coventry's original cathedral standing beside it.
If the DOJ were to investigate both the Trump and Clinton campaigns' ties to shady Russian and other business and geopolitical interests, we could begin as a country to address just how fully, stinkingly corrupt the whole system is and perhaps achieve the kind of ethical leadership that we so desperately need at this daunting time in history.
Tonight Ed admits to Nick Ferrari on Classic FM that he was "stinkingly bad" at the instrument as a youngster.