Today’s Idiom: Smell A Rat

Try to use today’s English idiom, Smell A Rat, in your next conversation!

If you suspect something is wrong or dishonest, you can say, “I smell a rat.”



1. There was a woman’s phone number in my husband’s jacket. I smell a rat.
2. I’m missing $20 from my wallet, and our son bought a new shirt today. I smell a rat!


Question Time

1. Movies about the mafia often have this idiom. What’s your favorite mafia or gangster movie?
2. Do you like rats? What do you think about when you hear the word “rat”?





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