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not get a whiff of (something)

To not get even the smallest portion or sample of something desirable. Health insurance, a company phone, and a pension plan? Man, I didn't get a whiff of benefits like that when I was working for that company. He didn't patent the design, so when it went on to make millions of dollars, he didn't get a whiff of it.
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*whiff of something

 
1. . Lit. the smell or odor of something. (*Typically: get ~; catch ~; have ~; take ~; give someone ~.) Did you get a whiff of the turkey roasting? Yummy. I caught a whiff of something rather unpleasant in the attic. I think there is a dead mouse up there.
2. . Fig. a bit of knowledge of something. (*Typically: get ~; catch ~; give someone ~.) The boss got a whiff of the problems in the accounting department. No one will get a whiff of your trouble with the police. I'll see to that.
See also: of, whiff

whiff-sniffer

and wiff-sniffer
n. a prohibitionist; someone always alert for the smell of alcohol on someone’s breath. (Prohibition.) No wiff-sniffer is going to tell me what to do.
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Wunderlee's writing is fresh, unbound, and stirring, with hints of taunting, and whiffs of erudition.
be 25-0, but there apparently are whiffs of disrespect wafting outside
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He took two whiffs of smelling salts and that brought him around long enough to allow him to score a solid 9.