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smell fishy

To seem suspicious of being improper, untoward, or duplicitous. A: "Their 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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But I will say, the whole matter smells rather fishy, just like the Eliot Spitzer story smelled fishy.
He recalled that although it smelled fishy on October 12, 1999, but he never knew that such a major step was on the anvil.
Certain sections of public opinion think the Scottish Criminal Records Office is ahead of their Chinese counterparts, saying after the McKie fingerprint case that something smelled fishy.
Even lacking such hard evidence, many writers over the years have thought Sullivan's story smelled fishy.
The whole idea smelled fishy to Scotland's Murdo McLeod, but Professor Collins insisted it could help make us winners.