Come out smelling like roses - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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come out smelling of roses
To maintain a favorable reputation despite involvement in a scandalous or otherwise negative situation. By reporting his colleagues as soon as he learned of their dishonest business practices, the CEO came out smelling of roses.
come up/out of something smelling of ˈroses (informal) still have a good reputation, even though you have been involved in something that might have given people a bad opinion of you: Nobody ever knew the details and he came out of the deal smelling of roses.