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. 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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