smell fishy

smell fishy

To be seem suspicious of being improper, untoward, or duplicitous. A: "They're numbers don't match up with the taxes they've paid." B: "Hmm, something smells fishy." He thought Janet's response seemed a bit fishy, so he did a bit of investigation into her role in the company.
See also: fishy, smell

smell fishy

to seem suspicious. Barlowe squinted a bit. Something smells fishy here, he thought. something about the deal smelled fishytoo good to be true.
See also: fishy, smell

smell fishy

Be suspect or suspicious, as in His explanation definitely smells fishy; my guess is that he's lying. This idiom alludes to the fact that fresh fish have no odor but stale or rotten ones do. [Early 1800s]
See also: fishy, smell

smell fishy

in. to seem suspicious. (see also fishy.) Marlowe squinted a bit. Something smells fishy here, he thought.
See also: fishy, smell
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Eyenutrients added: "Most omega-3 products smell fishy because they have already started to oxidise.
Esperat's case is illustrative of the dangers that investigative journalists, crusading activists and concerned citizens face when exposing corruption in public office: Poke too deeply into official transactions, especially those that smell fishy, and you run the risk of a violent blowback from people in power-government officials, military and police, the various operators, syndicates and private-sector partners with whom they are in cahoots-who are invested in keeping their illegal behavior, and any paper trail, secret from public scrutiny at all costs.
Milfoil on the other hand only made quasi-adequate garden fill, making the village smell fishy for several summers.
Usually, things don't start to smell fishy on this show until the voting starts.
Usually, things don't begin to smell fishy on this show until voting starts.
I don't know who's setting the value on the donations but the numbers smell fishy to me.
In another article titled "Unintended' NATO bombing smell fishy," published in Global Times, the author appropriately mentioned that "NATO military has stuck a nail in Pakistan.
If it ever gets yellow instead of white, or starts to smell fishy or bready, something is wrong.
Alex is recruited by MI6--not quite willingly--to take over where his uncle left off, trying to uncover the evil schemes of a billionaire philanthropist whose plans to benefit England's schoolchildren smell fishy.
Tablets that contain chlorophyllin, a related synthetic compound, are given to people with colostomies, as well as those with an inherited disorder that makes their urine smell fishy, to reduce odor.
The main character Bibiane (Marie-Josee Croze) is plagued by fish sellers and eventually kills one, making her car smell fishy.
Do fish still smell fishy when they're under water?
It isn't the truth that frightens me but the suppression of free speech in order to protect communal myths that are not lies but truths rendered so sacrosanct and undiscussed that they start to smell fishy.
From the day you start here you smell fishy all the time.