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Smell a Rat (To)

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To suspect something about to happen. The allusion is to a cat or dog smelling out vermin.

I smell treason. I discern treason involved; I have some aim that would lead to treason.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Small Beer
Small-endians
Small Hours of the Morning (The)
Smalls
Smart Money
Smash
Smec (in Hudibras)
Smectymnuans
Smectymnus
Smell (an acute sense)
Smell a Rat (To)
Smelling Sin
Smells of the Lamp
Smelts (Stock-Exchange term)
Smiler
Smith
Smith of Nottingham
Smith’s Prize-man
Smithfield
Smoke
Smoke Farthings