Come up smelling of roses meaning

What does the saying 'Come up smelling of roses' mean?

Idiom: Come up smelling of roses

Meaning: If someone comes up smelling of roses, they emerge from a situation with their reputation undamaged.

Country: British English British English | Subject Area: Plants & Flowers | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
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