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Definition of smell out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

smell out

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    smell somebody/somethingout

     
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  1. 1to be aware of fear, danger, trouble, etc. in a situation He could always smell out fear.
  2. 2to find something by smelling dogs trained to smell out drugs
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