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To smell something fishy

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To smell something fishy means to realize that something is not quite right and that there may be a specific reason for that.

This idiom is different from To smell a rat.

Sample Usage

1. When Monica did not look directly at her mother while talking about the picnic, she smelt something fishy.

2. The boss realized something was fishy when not a single employee turned up on time for the meeting.

3. The coach smelt something fishy when the entire hockey team reported sick for training.

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