come out/up smelling like/of roses

idiom

informal
: 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 roses.

Dictionary Entries Near come out/up smelling like/of roses

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come out/up smelling like/of roses

come over

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“Come out/up smelling like/of roses.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/come%20out%2Fup%20smelling%20like%2Fof%20roses. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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