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Meaning of “smell fishy” in the English Dictionary

"smell fishy" in British English

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smell fishy

informal If a ​situation or an ​explanationsmells fishy, it ​causes you to ​think that someone is being ​dishonest.
(Definition of smell fishy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smell fishy" in American English

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smell fishy

to not ​seem to be ​truthful or ​honest: His ​excuses smell ​fishy to me.
(Definition of smell fishy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “smell fishy”
in Chinese (Simplified) 感觉可疑…
in Chinese (Traditional) 感覺可疑…
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