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come up smelling of roses
come up smelling of roses
make a lucky escape from a difficult situation with your reputation intact – informal
The fuller form of this expression
fall in the shit and come up smelling of roses
explains the idea behind it.
Related Idioms :
as simple as they come
used to describe someone or something that is a supreme example of the quality specified
1991 - Daily Telegraph - The petrol-engined V-8 was as silky as they come.
come the leader
play the part of leader
behave like a leader – informal
1992 - Jeff Torrington - Swing Hammer Swing! - Don't come the innocent with me.
come the acid
Be unpleasant or offensive.
Speak in a caustic or sarcastic manner.
come apart at the seams
(of a thing) fall to pieces
(of a person) have an emotional breakdown
Collapse – informal
Seams are the lines along which pieces of fabric or the planks of a boat are joined, perceived as the points most likely to be damaged or weakened.
be completely honest and frank - informal
come in from the cold
gain acceptance – informal
1998 - New Scientist - Considering that the intracavity technique got off to such a slow start, it may, at last, have come in from the cold.
come it over
seek to impose on or to impress deceptively – informal
come it strong
go to excessive lengths
use exaggeration – informal
come of age
(Of a person) reach adult status.
(Of a movement or activity) become fully established.
come off it!
said when vigorously expressing disbelief – informal
come to grief
have an accident
meet with disaster
2000 - R. W. Holden - Taunton Cider & Langdons - The historian will see no trace of the battlefield where Charles's grandson, the Duke of Monmouth, came to grief.
come the old soldier over someone
seek to impose something on someone, especially on grounds of greater experience or age – informal
come to that = if it comes to that
said to introduce an additional significant point – informal
1998 - Martin Booth - The Industry of Souls - I am sure you would not wish your son to hear of his father's waywardness. Or your wife, come to that.
come to think of it
said when an idea or point occurs to you while you are speaking
too close for comfort
causing physical or mental unease by an excess of the specified quality
1994 - Janice Galloway - Foreign Parts - They were all too at peace with themselves, too untroubled for comfort.
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