where there's smoke, there's fire

where there's smoke, there's fire

When there is some indication of a problem or wrongdoing, such a thing probably occurred or exists. The investigation wouldn't be taking this long if there weren't any real leads. Where there's smoke, there's fire.
See also: fire
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As the saying goes, where there's smoke, there's fire and .
Where there's smoke, there's fire, but in the olden days, one had to have a renewable fuel source, such as wood, to keep the stove going.
It mostly causes the lingering idea that where there's smoke, there's fire.
Weekes of the Whipple Observatory and other researchers hope, however, that findings from the new orbiting observatory will uphold an old adage: Where there's smoke, there's fire.
It's like the adage: where there's smoke, there's fire.
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