pass the smell test

pass the smell test

To be trustworthy, credible, authentic, or morally acceptable. (Usually used in the negative.) 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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While the conspiracy theorists won't go away on the subject of Burton, Nagy's explanations really do pass the smell test, and Bears fans will now just have to watch and wait for Thursday night.
It just wasn't of any benefit to the public institution that developed and owned the asset that others were selling, and it didn't pass the smell test with administrators at UAMS who didn't have a direct interest in it.
And those less looked at Seven persons, twenty-nine fake bank accounts, a small bank with a politically connected president and 35 billion rupees worth of suspicious transactions: surely this does not pass the smell test which is why the FIA has made some arrests.
He also said Colby did not have to enter a guilty plea as part of the agreement.<br />He said from the beginning, the state's case "didn't pass the smell test."<br />"The theory of the prosecution was that she aided and abetted possession of a cell phone by sending text messages to an inmate, that she encouraged possession by sending texts," he said.
Mark Warner, D-Va., who urged the SEC in September 2016 to investigate whether Yahoo met its obligation to inform the public, said Tuesday that the company's failure to do so "didn't pass the smell test." "Holding the company accountable is important, and I hope others will learn you can't sweep this kind of thing under the rug," Warner, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said in a tweet.
The arrest of Ahad Cheema, a former director general of the Lahore Development Authority, by the National Accountability Bureau for involvement in an alleged housing scheme scam does not pass the smell test. Prima facie, the arrest by NAB of Mr Cheema is excessive and appears to be part of a deepening war against the PML-N by sections of the permanent state.
In this context, the president's appeal to the parties to continue to focus on achieving peace simply doesn't pass the smell test.
For President Trump and me, playing by the same regulatory rules today that were put in place after World War II does not pass the smell test, and I am proud to support the commonsense reforms in the Regulatory Accountability Act.
Gove won't get off the hook for his fishy tale - it's proof some claims don't pass the smell test.
And it should pass the smell test, and this practice reeks of abuse.
Wyden also noted that during his chairmanship, his committee would focus on education, "another area where the tax code 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.
"This does not pass the smell test and simply cannot be allowed to happen in 21st Century Britain.
When you do something that you think might not pass the smell test, a good way to self-check is to ask yourself if it would pass the mom exam.
And, of course, Dyster is too closely connected to NACC and beer and the public in his role as mayor for this to pass the smell test.