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Smelling Sin

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Shakespeare says, “Do you smell a fault?” (King Lear, i. 1); and Iago says to Othello, “One may smell in this a will most rank.” Probably the smell of dogs may have something to do with such phrases, but St. Jerome furnishes even a better source. He says that St. Hilarion had the gift of knowing what sins or vices anyone was inclined to by simply smelling either the person or his garments; and by the same faculty he could discern good feelings and virtuous propensities. (Life of Hilarion, A.D. 390.)

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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-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
Smoke Silver