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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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Gottlieb said that the court ruling essentially says the "good reason" requirement does not pass the smell test.
Although the settlement may not Cypass the smell test,' as the saying goes, it is not serious misconduct," he added.
And it should pass the smell test, and this practice reeks of abuse.
Call it a "boondoggle" or an "unwise subsidy" - it still fails the smell test.
Unlike the overused "bad weather" excuse, nearly a week less of shopping caused by a late Thanksgiving on the calendar passes the smell test as a reason for less-than-hoped-for sales.
Nurse Helen Woodall and Dr Janan Alabduwani with the smell test kit.
Nancy Walker, Director of Public Health Research at Dalhousie" as offering a comment that doesn't pass the smell test.
It wasn't as if they got caught by highly trained auditors who worked hard to discover clever schemes--any 4th grader could have figured out in a cursory inspection that something nefarious was up, that the "improvements" that led directly to bonuses and perks didn't pass the smell test.
and that "this does not pass the smell test and simply cannot be allowed to happen in 21st Century Britain".
Passing The Smell Test Following are the good and bad scents for real estate open-house events.
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.
E]ven if it meets the letter of the law," Basu wrote, "it doesn't pass the smell test.
What Goldman Sachs is accused of doing may not have been a crime--which may be why no criminal charges have been brought--but it certainly doesn't pass the smell test.