where there's smoke, there's fire

idiom

chiefly US
used to say that if people are saying that someone has done something wrong there is usually a good reason for what they are saying
"Do you believe those rumors about the mayor?" "Well, you know what they say, where there's smoke, there's fire."

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“Where there's smoke, there's fire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/where%20there%27s%20smoke%2C%20there%27s%20fire. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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