smell test


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smell test

A hypothetical pass/fail "test" that gauges the moral acceptability or trustworthiness of someone or something. The new pro-drilling bill that's being put through Congress doesn't pass the smell test, and many are suspicious that Big Oil has been responsible for its inception.
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Requesting reviews, weighing in on social media sites about issues and trends, and responding to negative reports are all ways to conduct a convincing smell test.
allow several days for good drying and then smell test or use any other method of personal analysis.
Remember the saying: "If it doesn't pass the smell test, don't do it.
In fact, the fork also may have poked the crew of lobbyists in the eye, at least according to Hess observation: "The House may not be made up of geniuses, but when they hear all the promises and claims made about this bill, they came to conclude that all of it didn't pass the smell test.
If you do a rational cost/benefit analysis, a lot of the activity would not pass the smell test.
Under the terms of the court-approved deal, Lysons' apartment will have to pass a smell test if the Poses say there's the scent of smoke in their two-bedroom condo.
E]ven if it meets the letter of the law," Basu wrote, "it doesn't pass the smell test.
The numbers are dire enough that the report of accountants behind the scenes crunching whether to dump Jay after the Winter Olympics would pass my smell test," Barnhart said.
Instead of the toxicological principle that the dose makes the poison, Winickoffurges a smell test, which tells us to fear a fellow elevator rider who has recently smoked a cigarette.
You'd think that a deal such as this wouldn't pass the smell test administered by a seasoned financial professional.
Different people have different perceptions of smells," says Patrik Libander who is a test engineer and responsible for the smell test panel.
The study had 2267 men tested with a smell test in the mid-1990s when they were nearly 80 years old on average, none of whom had Parkinson's.
You can have a go at some wacky experiments and try hands-on experiences to see if your reflexes are better than the rest or whether your nose can sniff out the right answer in the smell test.
For Herald reporter Kevin Craver, the Board of Health findings "didn't pass the smell test.
An appointment with an ENT doctor included a smell test, which I flunked.