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Meaning of “where there’s smoke there’s fire”

What’s the meaning of “where there’s smoke there’s fire”?

The phrase “where there’s smoke there’s fire” means that if something looks wrong then it probably is wrong – just like if you see smoke then there probably is a fire somewhere.



This phrase is often used in a situation when people are trying to figure out something – whether it’s about a person, a situation, or whatever. When the signs of trouble are there, then that means that trouble is probably there as well.

Here’s an example of it’s usage:

“Where there’s smoke there’s fire” In a Sentence





" Before Tom was arrested for driving drunk he had been 
in a lot of trouble at school as well.  I guess where there's 
smoke there's fire!  "