smelling like a rose


smelling like a rose
(come up) smelling like a rose to end something positively or as a winner.

Everyone thought he was guilty, but Smith still came up smelling like a rose.

Hahn made a terrible play in the first half, but he was smelling like a rose by the finish.


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  • come out/up smelling like a rose — (or come out/up smelling like/of roses) informal : to have success or good fortune in a situation in which you were likely to fail, be harmed, etc. The scandal forced several board members to resign, but the chairman came out smelling like a rose …   Useful english dictionary

  • come up smelling like a rose — {v. phr.} To escape from a difficult situation or misdeed unscathed or without punishment. * /A is predicted that Congressman Brown, in spite of the current investigation into his financial affairs, will come up smelling like a rose at the end./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come up smelling like a rose — {v. phr.} To escape from a difficult situation or misdeed unscathed or without punishment. * /A is predicted that Congressman Brown, in spite of the current investigation into his financial affairs, will come up smelling like a rose at the end./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come up smelling like a rose — (come up) smelling like a rose to end something positively or as a winner. Everyone thought he was guilty, but Smith still came up smelling like a rose. Hahn made a terrible play in the first half, but he was smelling like a rose by the finish …   New idioms dictionary

  • come\ up\ smelling\ like\ a\ rose — v. phr. To escape from a difficult situation or misdeed unscathed or without punishment. A is predicted that Congressman Brown, in spite of the current investigation into his financial affairs, will come up smelling like a rose at the end …   Словарь американских идиом

  • smell like a rose — in. to seem innocent. □ I came out of the whole mess smelling like a rose, even though I caused all the trouble. □ Tiffany pretended that she was the only one who should smell like a rose, but I knew different …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • smell like a rose — verb To be regarded as appealing, virtuous, or respectable; to be untainted or unharmed. I dont suppose anyone from the director down will come out of this deal smelling like a rose, the warden commented, but our only hope is that some good will… …   Wiktionary

  • rose — 1. n., adj., & v. n. 1 any prickly bush or shrub of the genus Rosa, bearing usu. fragrant flowers generally of a red, pink, yellow, or white colour. 2 this flower. 3 any flowering plant resembling this (Christmas rose; rock rose). 4 a a light… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rose — rose1 [ rouz ] noun *** 1. ) count a flower that has a sweet smell and THORNS (=sharp pieces) on its stem: a bunch of red roses a rose garden a ) rose or rose bush a bush that produces roses => BED1 2. ) uncount a dark pink color 3. ) count a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rose — rose1 noun 1》 a prickly bush or shrub that typically bears red, pink, yellow, or white fragrant flowers, native to north temperate regions and widely grown as an ornamental. [Genus Rosa: many species and varieties.]     ↘used in names of other… …   English new terms dictionary