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Definition of smell something fishy

smell something fishy


  • to detect that something is amiss.
    I smell something fishy about this contract.
    Something smells fishy here.

    Last edited on Apr 19 2013. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Aug 11 2009.

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Other terms relating to 'fishy':

Definitions include: suspicious.

Other terms relating to 'smell':

Definitions include: something that indicates poor choices made elsewhere in a code base.
Definitions include: an expression of empathy or simple understanding.
Definitions include: that you understand them.
Definitions include: to understand.
Definitions include: to detect that something is not what it seems.
Definitions include: Used when seeing or detecting the presence of a cop nearby.
Definitions include: "See (one) later", i.e. "Goodbye".
Definitions include: Refers to the smell of an unclean woman's vagina, from wear and tear due to sex or activity.
Definitions include: to be legitimate, trustworthy, moral, etc.
Definitions include: Referring to aged skin or atrophied muscles, etc.
Definitions include: to take the time to enjoy life.
Definitions include: to acknowledge.
Definitions include: a command/invitation to accept reality.
Definitions include: a variant of "wake up and smell the coffee," which is a command/invitation to accept reality.

Other terms relating to 'something':

Definitions include: to verbalize a previously unspoken problem.
Definitions include: See have on.
Definitions include: now for something completely different
Definitions include: badly.
Definitions include: something good - i.e. worth talking about.
Definitions include: something sexual.
Definitions include: promotional material.
Definitions include: to attempt sexual contact.
Definitions include: to have sex.

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