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To go "get the stink blown off us"

Posted by Marian on February 09, 2002

My husband enountered this phrase in a short story recently and also recalls that his father, a 75-year-old retired farmer, used to use it forty years ago. What it means is, "We've been indoors too long; let's go outside." It suggests that a disagreeable odor collects around individuals who remain housebound for too long. I wonder if there's any connection to the phrase, "Let's blow this joint," i.e. leave this place.