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no smoke without fire, there's

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Also, where there's smoke there's fire. A suspicion or rumor usually has a basis in fact, as in When the sales figures continued strong but the company still wasn't making money, he suspected something was wrong—there's no smoke without fire. First stated in the late 1300s, this expression appeared in numerous proverb collections from 1546 on and remains current today.

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On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.
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