smell a rat
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To sense foul play: “They claim they will honor the terms of the contract, but I smell a rat.”
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smell a rat
Suspect something is wrong, especially a betrayal of some kind. For example, When I didn't hear any more from my prospective employer, I began to smell a rat. This expression alludes to a cat sniffing out a rat. [c. 1550]
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