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I smell red flags

This is a congruent conflation of “smell trouble” and “red flag(s)”, both meaning potential or imminent danger.  “I smell a rat” (suspect someone is guilty of deception or betrayal) might also be in the mix.  Of course, those red flags around gas leaks seem to conjure up this malaphor.  A big thanks to Tim Geier who overheard this one!

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