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- (transitive) To find out by prying.
- I can smell out dishonesty from a mile away.
- c. 1610–1611 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The VVinters Tale”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iv]:
- for a Cut-purse; a good Nose is requisite also, to smell out
worke for th' other Sences.