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come up with the five-dollar gold piece

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come up smelling like a rose

verb phrase

To have extraordinarily good luck; emerge from peril with profit

[1950s+; fr the traditional image of the happy person who ''falls in the shitpile and comes up smelling like a rose'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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