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come out/up smelling like a rose

Definition of come out/up smelling like a rose

informal

  1. :  to have success or good fortune in a situation in which one was likely to fail, be harmed, etc. <The scandal forced several board members to resign, but the chairman came out smelling like a rose.>



Word by Word Definitions

comeplay
  1. :  to move toward something :  approach

    :  to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose

    :  to reach a particular station in a series

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

smellplay smelling
  1. :  to perceive the odor or scent of through stimuli affecting the olfactory nerves :  get the odor or scent of with the nose

    :  to detect or become aware of as if by the sense of smell

    :  to emit the odor of

  1. :  the property of a thing that affects the olfactory organs :  odor

    :  the process, function, or power of smelling

    :  the sense concerned with the perception of odor

roseplay
  1. : past of rise

  1. :  any of a genus (Rosa of the family Rosaceae, the rose family) of usually prickly shrubs with pinnate leaves and showy flowers having five petals in the wild state but being often double or partly double under cultivation

    :  the flower of a rose

    :  something resembling a rose in form: as

  1. :  containing or used for roses

    :  of or relating to a rose

    :  flavored, scented, or colored with or like roses


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