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English definition of “there's no smoke without fire”

there's no smoke without fire

UK saying (US where there's smoke, there's fire)
If unpleasant things are said about someone or something, there is probably a good reason for it: She says the accusations are not true, but there's no smoke without fire.Reputation
(Definition of there's no smoke without fire from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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