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Smell like a Rose

To come up winner and successful at the end, to look alright in bad situation, to evade bad reputation by coming up innocent

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  • The smell of rose is liked by everyone. It is even used in fragrances and perfumes. In 20th century when this phrase originated, the writer of the phrase might have thought about someone who if falls into something filthy and foul like marsh or slough and surprisingly comes out smelling sweet like a rose. Thus the phrase caught on to describe someone who manages to come out successful from any trouble.
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Everyone thought Hopkins to be guilty of cheating but he came up smelling like a rose to everyone’s surprise.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Smell like a Rose':

smell like a roseTo be regarded as appealing, virtuous, or respectable; to be untainted or unharmed.
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