smell test


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smell test

A hypothetical pass/fail "test" that gauges the moral acceptability or trustworthiness of someone or something. 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: smell, test
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About 90 percent of people with Parkinson's disease (PD) lose their sense of smell; in fact, researchers are testing whether a simple smell test can be used as an aid in diagnosing PD.
If you do a rational cost/benefit analysis, a lot of the activity would not pass the smell test.
E]ven if it meets the letter of the law," Basu wrote, "it doesn't pass the smell test.
The numbers are dire enough that the report of accountants behind the scenes crunching whether to dump Jay after the Winter Olympics would pass my smell test," Barnhart said.
Instead of the toxicological principle that the dose makes the poison, Winickoffurges a smell test, which tells us to fear a fellow elevator rider who has recently smoked a cigarette.
You'd think that a deal such as this wouldn't pass the smell test administered by a seasoned financial professional.
ALABAMA INSURANCE Commissioner Walter Bell's move to a very senior position at a major reinsurer fails the proverbial smell test miserably.
Different people have different perceptions of smells," says Patrik Libander who is a test engineer and responsible for the smell test panel.
The study had 2267 men tested with a smell test in the mid-1990s when they were nearly 80 years old on average, none of whom had Parkinson's.
You can have a go at some wacky experiments and try hands-on experiences to see if your reflexes are better than the rest or whether your nose can sniff out the right answer in the smell test.
For Herald reporter Kevin Craver, the Board of Health findings "didn't pass the smell test.
An appointment with an ENT doctor included a smell test, which I flunked.
Give all business opportunities the smell test now.
When you peel back the layers of this onion, you quickly realize removing the tariff doesn't pass the smell test.
People whose biometric data checks out quickly and cleanly, and who pass a general smell test from experienced officers, move on quickly.