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.
See also: pass, smell, test
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
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.
In other words, UAMS' conflict-of-interest policy allowed it to enter into a contract that didn't pass the smell test of anyone who didn't have a direct interest in it and left the state's medical school vulnerable to lost revenue.
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.
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.
This does not pass the smell test and simply cannot be allowed to happen in 21st Century Britain.
It doesn't really pass the smell test," said Berger.
Simply put, if the Navy Federal is offered participation loan transactions that don't pass the smell test, they will be turned away, he reiterated.
Remember the saying: "If it doesn't pass the smell test, don't do it.
If you do a rational cost/benefit analysis, a lot of the activity would not pass the smell test.
It was the ultimate discretionary tool and could often be added to bolster other charges, or when a fact pattern simply didn't pass the smell test.