come up smelling of roses


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come up 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 up smelling like roses.
See also: come, of, rose, smell, up