Meaning of “smell fishy” in the English Dictionary

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"smell fishy" in British English

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smell fishy

informal

If a situation or an explanation smells 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)

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