Verbal Ability - Idioms and Phrases - Discussion

Discussion :: Idioms and Phrases - Section 1 (Q.No.16)

Some proverbs/idioms are given below together with their meanings. Choose the correct meaning of proverb/idiom, If there is no correct meaning given, E (i.e.) 'None of these' will be the answer.


To smell a rat

[A]. To see signs of plague epidemic
[B]. To get bad small of a bad dead rat
[C]. To suspect foul dealings
[D]. To be in a bad mood
[E]. None of these

Answer: Option C


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Trisha Lane said: (May 23, 2011)  
To smell a rat is often used to describe the suspicion of foul dealings because rats are related to foul and bad meanings.

Uthraah said: (Sep 19, 2014)  
To actually detect that something is not really what it seems. And something different from usual is there.

Uthraah said: (Sep 19, 2014)  
To detect something unusual occurring.

Soniya said: (Sep 24, 2014)  
Smell a rat.

To start to believe that something is wrong about a situation, especially that someone is being dishonest She smelled a rat when she phoned him at the office where he was supposed to be working late and he wasn't there.

Inbha said: (Jul 7, 2015)  
Can any one give better explanation?

Gowthami said: (Jul 11, 2015)  
Can anyone give me the usage of this idiom?

Monisha said: (Jul 21, 2015)  
Please give proper meaning.

Sandip said: (Aug 1, 2015)  
We can say that bad smell we can not tolerate it and we find it from it comes like same way in business it suspicious activity.

Jagan said: (Sep 9, 2016)  
When grain theft by a rat at night time, farmer suspect that something foul dealing is going on whenever he get sound.

Ramani said: (Dec 25, 2016)  
We can only smell a rat when it was dead. In the same manner, it gives a meaning of suspecting (searching) foul (dead) dealings.

Priya Rao said: (May 2, 2017)  
''to smell a rat'' means ''To suspect a trick on someone''.

It is used frequently in our daily usage.

Sfurti said: (Oct 7, 2020)  
A smell a rat means :- something is not as it appeares to be.

For example:- the guy has been standing on the corner of my street for 3 hours. He is making me suspicious.

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