come out/up smelling like a rose

come out/up smelling like a rose
come out/up smelling like a rose (or come out/up smelling like/of roses)
informal : to have success or good fortune in a situation in which you were likely to fail, be harmed, etc.

The scandal forced several board members to resign, but the chairman came out smelling like a rose. [=the chairman's reputation was not damaged at all]

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Main Entry:rose
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come out/up smelling like a rose — see rose, 2
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Main Entry:smell

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