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smell like a rose

Fig. to seem innocent. I came out of the whole mess smelling like a rose, even though I caused all the trouble. The politician survived the scandal smelling like a rose, but I knew different.
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smell like a rose

in. to seem innocent. I came out of the whole mess smelling like a rose, even though I caused all the trouble.
See also: like, rose, smell
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There's that oft-quoted line by Shakespeare from ``Romeo and Juliet'' about what's in a name, smelling like a rose, all that iambic pentameter fiddle faddle.
I just think he'll tumble out of this smelling like a rose.