Meaning of “come up/out smelling of roses” in the English Dictionary

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"come up/out smelling of roses" in British English

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come up/out smelling of roses

UK US come up/out smelling like roses

to have people believe that you are good and honest after a difficult situation that could have made you seem bad or dishonest:

When the results of the fraud investigation were announced last week, the staff came up smelling of roses.

(Definition of “come up/out smelling of roses” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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