To smell out
Smell Smell (sm[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smelled}, {Smelt}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smelling}.] [OE. smellen, smillen, smullen; cf. LG. smellen, smelen, sm["o]len, schmelen, to smoke, to reek, D. smeulen to smolder, and E. smolder. Cf. {Smell}, n.] 1. To perceive by the olfactory nerves, or organs of smell; to have a sensation of, excited through the nasal organs when affected by the appropriate materials or qualities; to obtain the scent of; as, to smell a rose; to smell perfumes. [1913 Webster]

2. To detect or perceive, as if by the sense of smell; to scent out; -- often with out. ``I smell a device.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Can you smell him out by that? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To give heed to. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

From that time forward I began to smellthe Word of God, and forsook the school doctors. --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

{To smell a rat}, to have a sense of something wrong, not clearly evident; to have reason for suspicion. [Colloq.]

{To smell out}, to find out by sagacity. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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