smelling like a rose

(come up) smelling like a rose

also (come out) smelling like a rose
to end something positively or as a winner Everyone thought he was guilty, but Smith still came up smelling like a rose. Hahn made a terrible play in the first half, but he was smelling like a rose by the finish.
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.