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To smell a rat


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To smell a rat means to suspect that somebody in the group has betrayed all the group members. A rat has a distinctively horrid smell that is instantly perceptible when there is a rat nearby. It is different from the idiom to smell something fishy.

Sample Usage

1. When the rival company launched an exactly same product a few days before his own launch, Mr. Kochhar smelt a rat.

2. When the soccer team conceded a last-minute goal to their opponents despite being in the lead till that point, the coach smelt a rat.

3. The principal smelt a rat when the school Trustees called for a meeting to vote for her ouster.


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