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come up/out smelling of roses

UK (US come up/out smelling like roses) to have ​peoplebelieve that you are good and ​honest after a ​difficultsituation that could have made you ​seembad or ​dishonest: When the ​results of the ​fraudinvestigation 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)
Translations of “come up/out smelling of roses”
in Chinese (Simplified) 虽卷入…仍保持名誉…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雖捲入…仍保持名譽…
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