pass the smell test

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pass the smell test

To be trustworthy, credible, authentic, or morally acceptable. Usually used in negative constructions. Many feel that the new pro-drilling legislation doesn't pass the smell test, suspecting that Big Oil had a hand in its creation. We have to make sure that our financial returns pass the smell test with the auditor.
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