To be in bad odor
Odor O"dor ([=o]"d[~e]r), n. [OE. odor, odour, OF. odor, odour, F. odeur, fr. L. odor; akin to olere to smell, Gr. 'o`zein, Lith. [*u]sti. Cf. {Olfactory}, {Osmium}, {Ozone}, {Redolent}.] [Written also {odour}.] Any smell, whether fragrant or offensive; scent; perfume. [1913 Webster]

Meseemed I smelt a garden of sweet flowers, That dainty odors from them threw around. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

{To be in bad odor}, to be out of favor, or in bad repute. [1913 Webster]


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