where there's smoke, there's fire

where there's smoke, there's fire

When there is some indication of a problem or wrongdoing, such a thing probably occurred or exists. The investigation wouldn't be taking this long if there weren't any real leads. Where there's smoke, there's fire.
See also: fire

where there's smoke there's fire

Every rumor has some foundation; when things appear suspicious, something is wrong. The metaphor for this idea already appeared in John Heywood’s Proverbs (1546): “There is no fyre without smoke,” and indeed it is a proverb in Italian, French, German, and Spanish.
See also: fire, smoke
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* Where there's smoke, there's fire! And where there's fire, there's Steven Raichlen.
Where there's smoke, there's fire? Hardly, Bold Team appears to have done everything by the book, but all states with legalized forms of cannabis face the same Catch-22: Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal Schedule 1 narcotic, and interstate transportation of products is strictly verboten.
We're like lucky charms for each other." Social media was recently catching up with the rumours of Samaa TV taking Sanam Baloch's morning show off air, where there's smoke, there's fire. Isn't it?
In most instances, however, indications have it that, when 10 or more women or men dare to step out of the shadows to complain and protest, where there's smoke, there's fire.
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For a moment if we accept the fact that any television channel or other media outlet is "spreading lies" against these elements, is it the only way to counter the situation or the "propaganda?" Where there's smoke, there's fire. These militants cannot claim that they are innocents and the entire world including Muslims are against them without any reason.
Summary: Where there's smoke, there's fire. But what can a hack do when there's no smoke?
As the saying goes, where there's smoke, there's fire and ...
Where there's smoke, there's fire, but in the olden days, one had to have a renewable fuel source, such as wood, to keep the stove going.
Even if "the truth wins out," a lot of damage will be done; and it's likely that even after the real facts are established, some readers will continue to believe that "where there's smoke, there's fire."
Where there's smoke, there's fire. A University of California professor is burning up over how often actors light up on the big screen.
Lawyers insist that where there's smoke, there's fire.
"Always remember the adage: 'Don't fight battles with folks who buy ink by the barrel.' It mostly causes the lingering idea that where there's smoke, there's fire."
Freeman agrees that the saying "where there's smoke, there's fire" is true, and when all the alarms go off, it's important to take note and look for the fire escape.
A sun-lover will probably tell you, "A little burn is a small price to pay for a great tan." But where there's smoke, there's fire. And where there's sun, there are dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays.
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