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    Where does the phrase "something fishy" come from? Thanks

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    Re: something fishy

    Probably an abbreviation of "something smells fishy" = fish very quickly smell when they start to go bad.If a situation or an explanation smells fishy, it causes you to think that someone is being dishonest because the dishonesty is obvious.

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