English version

smell a rat

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsmell a ratsmell a ratinformalSUSPECT to guess that something wrong or dishonest is happening smell
Examples from the Corpus
smell a ratShe felt that he was beginning to smell a rat.Suffice to say, we smell a rat.It is enough to make you smell a rat and be damned for your cynicism.He could smell a rat, and he knew just how the men had been cheated.I smell a rat here - I really do.The investor doesn't start to smell a rat until the payments aren't coming in.I only began to smell a rat when he couldn't come up with the documents he claimed to have.We started to smell a rat when they asked for an extra £500 deposit.
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