there's no smoke without fire

there's no smoke without fire

There is usually truth behind a rumor, suspicion, or bad sign. We decided to investigate the company's financial statements, since they had been paying next to no tax even though their profits were way up. There's no smoke without fire, after all. A lot of people have been saying that he cheated on the exam, and while I don't want to believe it, there's no smoke without fire.
See also: fire, no, smoke, without
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(There's) no smoke without fire.

 and Where there's smoke there's fire.
Prov. There is usually some truth behind every rumor. I'm going to withdraw all my money from that bank. I read an article that the bank was in financial trouble, and where there's smoke there's fire.
See also: fire, no, smoke, without
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

no smoke without fire, there's

Also, where there's smoke there's fire. A suspicion or rumor usually has a basis in fact, as in When the sales figures continued strong but the company still wasn't making money, he suspected something was wrong-there's no smoke without fire . First stated in the late 1300s, this expression appeared in numerous proverb collections from 1546 on and remains current today.
See also: no, smoke, without
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

there's no smoke without fire

or

where there's smoke there's fire

If you say there's no smoke without fire or where there's smoke there's fire, you mean that a rumour about someone doing something bad is probably at least partly true or the rumour would not have started. The story was the main item on the news and people were bound to think there was no smoke without fire. `Do you believe those allegations?' `Where there's smoke there's fire is what I say.'
See also: fire, no, smoke, without
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

no smoke without fire (or where there's smoke there's fire)

there's always some reason for a rumour. proverb
1998 Times This is not saying that there is no smoke without fire—which sentiment underlines why bogus claims can do so much irrevocable damage—but that this is always, necessarily, going to be an incendiary issue.
See also: fire, no, smoke, without
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there’s no ˌsmoke without ˈfire

(British English) (American English where there’s smoke, there’s ˈfire) (saying) if a lot of people are saying that something bad is happening, it must be partly true: Although he had been found not guilty in court, people are saying that there’s no smoke without fire.
See also: fire, no, smoke, without
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