to smell fishy

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - smell fishy

"to smell fishy"

to be suspect or suspicious


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - smell fishy

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Have you had a chance to review the deal that our newest vendor is offering?

Colleague 2:  I have and something smells fishy about it.

Colleague 1:  I was suspicious as well.  How is it possible to deliver the same product at the same quality for half the price?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - smell fishy

Two siblings are talking ...

Brother:  All of a sudden, after years of fighting, Mom and Dad are getting along so well.

Sister:  Something smells fishy.

Brother:  Do you think they are going to get a divorce?

Sister:  Maybe.


to smell fishy - Usage:


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to smell fishy - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for smell fishy.

to smell fishy - Examples:

1)  ... who like a lot of accounts would really seem to have some business that smells fishy. Might be for scamming reasons we do not know but only they are the ...

2)  ... they just charged a few junior officers to cover up. The whole ordeal smells fishy to me.

3)  Maybe I'm delving too deep between the lines, but something smells fishy

4)  ... agree that something smells fishy, however the whole thing is a losing argument until there is some evidence.

5)  That smells fishy suggests a highly exaggerated story or blatant lie or misdeed.

6)  ... the debt ceiling crisis. There's a lot more going on that smells fishy to me. I'm hearing and reading widespread criticism from so-called progressives ...

7)  Frankly speaking, it all smells fishy and as the new management, we decided that enough is enough.

8)  I'm no expert on micro second algorithm-driven trading strategies, but something smells fishy alright.

9)  Doesn't that seem strange to you? That smells fishy to me.

10)  I'm on your side, other side smells fishy and just doesn't feel right.

11)  ... can they give an answer so soon if tests had just begun? Something smells fishy.

12)  ... but without some raw data to back it up, it smells fishy.

13)  ... nurse, and enrolled in a culinary school, without an ID. This smells fishy to me.

14)  ... they paid her to enter -- the whole thing could have been rigged... smells fishy.

15)  Also, batch number(s) weren't given. There is too much here that smells fishy. This looks like a smear campaign right now.

16)  Maybe it was innocent, but it sure smells fishy.

17)  ... claim, repeated by ethanol proponents everywhere, is completely bogus. Something smells fishy.

18)  ... this is where Tessa's supposed near-neurotic privacy mania starts to smell fishy. The explanation they provide, in general, to their connections, is privacy ...

19)  I am a fairly logical person and arguments like this smell fishy and biased. Certainly such CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE won't fly in an impartial court of ...

20)  His gestures coupled with his denial is smelling fishy although it can be plain stupidity.