Definition of Smell out

1. Verb. Recognize or detect by or as if by smelling. "He can smell out trouble"

Exact synonyms: Nose Out, Scent Out, Sniff Out
Entails: Smell

2. Verb. Become aware of not through the senses but instinctively. "Smell out corruption"
Exact synonyms: Sense, Smell
Generic synonyms: Perceive
Derivative terms: Sense, Sensible, Sensitive

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Smell Out

smell a rat
smell blood
smell blood in the water
smell fishy
smell fox
smell like a rose
smell of an oily rag
smell of the lamp
smell out (current term)
smell test
smell tests
smell the barn
smell up
smell ya later

Literary usage of Smell out

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1. A Practical Dictionary of the English and German Languages by Felix Flügel, Johann Gottfried Flügel (1861)
"I. o. to smell out, find out by the smell; II. ». to cease emitting scent or smell. .... smell out ..."

2. A Practical Dictionary of the English and German Languages by Felix Flügel, Johann Gottfried Flügel (1861)
"1. a. to smell out, find out by the smell; II. n. to cease emitting »cent or smell. .... smell out ..."

3. English Botany, Or, Coloured Figures of British Plants by James Sowerby, John Thomas Boswell, Phebe Lankester, John William Salter (1866)
"... there is no easier way in the world than to hide knowlege from their countrymen that so no body might be able so much as to smell out their ignorance. ..."

4. Zulu-English dictionary by John William Colenso (1884)
"smell out one another, fix the fault or guilt on one another. ... Help or make to smell, smell out, stink, &c. NUKU (I or III), n. ..."

5. A Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions by Richard Soule (1871)
"Scent, odor, perfume, fragrance, aroma. Smelling-salts, n. pi. Sal-volatile, carbonate of ammonia, sesqui-carbonate of ammonia. smell out, Discover, find ..."

6. A Kaffir-English Dictionary by Albert Kropf (1899)
"Thus when the witchdoctor uses his enchantments to discover the witch or wizard who has bewitched a sick person, he is said to smell out the person whom he ..."

7. The Celtic Magazine (1878)
"Weel man, convince me of the bare fact—smell out another covey, and then I'll no gainsay your gift." The guide, shrugging up his shoulders and scratching ..."

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