come out smelling of roses


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come out smelling of roses

To maintain a favorable reputation despite involvement in a scandalous or otherwise negative situation. By reporting his colleagues as soon as he learned of their dishonest business practices, the CEO came out smelling of roses.
See also: come, of, out, rose, smell

come out/up smelling of roses

  (British & Australian) also come out/up smelling like roses (American)
if you come out smelling of roses, people believe you are good and honest after a difficult situation which could have made you seem bad or dishonest There was a major fraud investigation, but Smith still came out smelling of roses.
See also: come, of, out, rose, smell