to come up smelling like roses

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - come up smelling like roses

"to come up smelling like roses"

to result favorably or successfully, often from a difficult situation


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - come up smelling like roses

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I heard that the new product launch didn't go as well as expected.

Colleague 2:  It was a bit of a disaster. Sales were so low that we actually lost money.

Colleague 1:  But I see that the product is still on the market.

Colleague 2:  We re-branded and re-packaged the product and sales are extremely high now.

Colleague 1:  Wonderful that it is coming up smelling like roses.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - come up smelling like roses

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Your big job interview is today, right?

Friend 2:  Yes and I would really like to get this job but I am nervous about the interview.

Friend 1:  You are well prepared. Your resume is great. I am sure that it will come up smelling like roses for you. You will get the job.

Friend 2:  Thanks for the encouragement.

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to come up smelling like roses - Gerund Form:

Coming up smelling like roses after a rough start, the group persevered and is now a great success.

to come up smelling like roses - Examples:

1)  ... everything was "just beginning to come up smelling like roses", in terms of her work getting the widespread readership and recognition it deserved.

2)  It's all coming up smelling like roses for Manchester United at the moment after 6 league wins ...

3)  Her career is really coming up smelling like roses as she also has a hit primetime soap.

4)  ... for their dedication, acumen and ingenuity in coming up smelling like roses in a time of drought by the simple strategy of using the correct fertilizer to ...

5)  ... they told us we were in a recovery and everything was coming up smelling like roses

6)  ... looks perfect for Sydney's property sellers. This spring, everything is coming up smelling like roses for those planning to sell their homes. A shortage of property on the market ...

7)  Everything's coming up smelling like roses for her. Her career and love life are in full bloom -- plus, ...

8)  While everything might be coming up smelling like roses for the five-piece now, they have experienced more than their fair share of tough ...

9)  Things are certainly coming up smelling like roses, but the sisters say that their success is somewhat of a surprise. 

10)  While it's easy to forget about managing your portfolio when everything's coming up smelling like roses, it's nevertheless crucial to make sure you're not taking on more risk ...

11)  It's not all coming up smelling like roses for Louisville. The city has an above-average unemployment rate and the third-longest average commute ...

12)  ... to flub on a first rounder but so far they seem to be coming up smelling like roses again.

13)  Nobody is claiming all is coming up smelling like roses in a country devastated by decades of conflict.

14)  ... foray into the world of scent is coming up smelling like roses, so much so, that the designer is putting his name to a make-up ...

15)  If everything is still coming up smelling like roses, maybe I'll dance a jig with you.

16)  Her works always seemed to come up smelling like roses, garnering reviews and allusions in many publications as well as articles authored by her.

17)  In the end, it was a comfortable margin which, as he conceded, only started to come up smelling like roses in the fourth quarter of the season. 

18)  No doubt if hard work is the answer everything will come up smelling like roses.

19)  Though not everything has come up smelling like roses – two of her series creations haven't been picked up by networks, and another was cancelled after a ...

20)  Portugal's nightmare tournament will look to come up smelling like roses on Friday as they still have a shot at winning the group as they face off against the ...