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What could be meant by worse in sentence "the smell of sweat and worse"? Can it be puke?

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Her eyes shimmered with tears of self-pity. For years, she thought, she’d honestly believed nothing could be as bad as prison—the sound of cell doors locking shut, the smell of sweat and worse, the menial work, the disgusting food.

Excerpt from Hideaway by Nora Roberts

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Well, it's not explicitly stated in the excerpt on purpose. Worse doesn't have a special meaning in that context. You have to use your imagination, in English or in your own native language. The author is talking about a prison. For example: What about the smell of urine and feces from non-working johns? It's worse than the smell of sweat.

@KateBunting has pointed that worse in this kind of context has the meaning of 'other things which I don't wish to specify but which you can imagine for yourself'. The author does not want to explicitly point what I have wondered above. Notice that Kate and I have mentioned imagination on your part as reader.

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  • Oh, yes, I thought about "worse" as a noun. So it's like "smell of sweat and worse things?" May 5, 2020 at 10:23
  • @KristinaLukosevice Yes, it is.
    – RubioRic
    May 5, 2020 at 10:24
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    I would say that worse in this kind of context has the meaning of 'other things which I don't wish to specify but which you can imagine for yourself'. May 5, 2020 at 10:38
  • @KateBunting You're right. Maybe I haven't taken that into account, that the author doesn't want to be so explicit.
    – RubioRic
    May 5, 2020 at 10:45

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