come up smelling like a rose


come up smelling like a rose
come up smelling like a rose & come up smelling like roses
Fig. to end up looking good or respectable after being involved in some difficult or notorious affair. •

I was surprised that my congressional representative came up smelling like a rose after his colleagues investigated him.

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{v. phr.} To escape from a difficult situation or misdeed unscathed or without punishment. * /A is predicted that Congressman Brown, in spite of the current investigation into his financial affairs, will come up smelling like a rose at the end./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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