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smell a rat

Definition of smell a rat


  1. :  to think or suspect that something is wrong about a situation <She smelled a rat when her husband came home with lipstick on his collar.>

Word by Word Definitions

  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

  1. :  any of numerous rodents (Rattus and related genera) differing from the related mice especially by considerably larger size

    :  any of various similar rodents

    :  a contemptible person: as

  1. :  to catch or hunt rats

    :  to work as a scab

    :  to give (hair) the effect of greater quantity (as by use of a rat)

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