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reek, wreak

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Reek means “to smell” or “to smoke.”

Wreak means “to bring about,” “to cause,” or “to inflict.”

The past tense and past participle of wreak is wreaked. It is not wrought, which is an archaic past tense and past participle of work.

Example: Reeking of smoke, he managed to pull himself from the wreck and curse the storm that had wreaked havoc on his little ship.

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