smell fishy

smell fishy

to seem suspicious. Barlowe squinted a bit. Something smells fishy here, he thought. something about the deal smelled fishytoo good to be true.
See also: fishy, smell

smell fishy

Be suspect or suspicious, as in His explanation definitely smells fishy; my guess is that he's lying. This idiom alludes to the fact that fresh fish have no odor but stale or rotten ones do. [Early 1800s]
See also: fishy, smell

smell fishy

in. to seem suspicious. (see also fishy.) Marlowe squinted a bit. Something smells fishy here, he thought.
See also: fishy, smell
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Milfoil on the other hand only made quasi-adequate garden fill, making the village smell fishy for several summers.
Usually, things don't start to smell fishy on this show until the voting starts.
Usually, things don't begin to smell fishy on this show until voting starts.
I don't know who's setting the value on the donations but the numbers smell fishy to me.
In another article titled "Unintended' NATO bombing smell fishy," published in Global Times, the author appropriately mentioned that "NATO military has stuck a nail in Pakistan.
Alex is recruited by MI6--not quite willingly--to take over where his uncle left off, trying to uncover the evil schemes of a billionaire philanthropist whose plans to benefit England's schoolchildren smell fishy.
The main character Bibiane (Marie-Josee Croze) is plagued by fish sellers and eventually kills one, making her car smell fishy.
Do fish still smell fishy when they're under water?
It isn't the truth that frightens me but the suppression of free speech in order to protect communal myths that are not lies but truths rendered so sacrosanct and undiscussed that they start to smell fishy.
From the day you start here you smell fishy all the time.
Nan's fear of letting Kitty kiss her hand because she was worried it might smell fishy was particularly touching.