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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.
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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.
The fact that they are apparently paying tens of thousands (of dollars) less than the last person earned, combined with trying to hold back on information, seems to indicate this whole issue does not meet the smell test," said Morris, a Democrat and former Waukegan mayor.
I'll just use the smell test no matter what the date says.
The smell test is naturally subjective, but it provides a clear and straightforward result, which, when taken in a set of results of various readings, can be a simple and strong tool of analysis, as happened in the present case.
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.
But we need to start applying the smell test more often to those differences of opinion, especially if one side of an argument smells more like what the horse drops.
Gove won't get off the hook for his fishy tale - it's proof some claims don't pass the smell test.
Neither Matt Keil nor John Goodson--the University of Arkansas trustee and husband of state Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson--would agree to answer questions, but experts say this one doesn't past the smell test either.
Although the settlement may not Cypass the smell test,' as the saying goes, it is not serious misconduct," he added.
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.
Unlike the overused "bad weather" excuse, nearly a week less of shopping caused by a late Thanksgiving on the calendar passes the smell test as a reason for less-than-hoped-for sales.
Valcourt left the room after addressing the youth having said he might not even table the legislation at all, shelving the bill if consultation determines it fails the smell test.
Nurse Helen Woodall and Dr Janan Alabduwani with the smell test kit.
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.