pass the smell test

pass the smell test

to be morally acceptable Robinson's removal as an independent investigator doesn't pass the smell test, and many believe it was done for political reasons.
Usage notes: often used in negative sentences, as in the example
See also: pass, smell, test
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Gottlieb said that the court ruling essentially says the "good reason" requirement does not pass the smell test.
And it should pass the smell test, and this practice reeks of abuse.
Nancy Walker, Director of Public Health Research at Dalhousie" as offering a comment that doesn't pass the smell test.
It wasn't as if they got caught by highly trained auditors who worked hard to discover clever schemes--any 4th grader could have figured out in a cursory inspection that something nefarious was up, that the "improvements" that led directly to bonuses and perks didn't pass the smell test.
This does not pass the smell test and simply cannot be allowed to happen in 21st Century Britain.
It doesn't really pass the smell test," said Berger.
Simply put, if the Navy Federal is offered participation loan transactions that don't pass the smell test, they will be turned away, he reiterated.
Remember the saying: "If it doesn't pass the smell test, don't do it.
If you do a rational cost/benefit analysis, a lot of the activity would not pass the smell test.
E]ven if it meets the letter of the law," Basu wrote, "it doesn't pass the smell test.
What Goldman Sachs is accused of doing may not have been a crime--which may be why no criminal charges have been brought--but it certainly doesn't pass the smell test.
It doesn't yet pass the smell test," council President Eric Garcetti said.
which already owns two papers published in Manhattan, as well as a broadcast TV station in the market -- might not pass the smell test at the U.
For Herald reporter Kevin Craver, the Board of Health findings "didn't pass the smell test.
I also knew that when you worked for the RNC, any tactic that didn't pass the smell test would never see the light of day without--at the very least--the approval of an RNC attorney.