come out/up smelling like a rose


: 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.

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“Come out/up smelling like a rose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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