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The sweet smell of victory

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on December 13, 2007

In Reply to: The sweet smell of victory posted by ESC on December 13, 2007

: : Who first used the expression "The sweet smell of victory"?

: The phrase I've heard is -- sweet smell of success.

I don't know who first said "sweet smell of victory", but I'm fairly sure that s/he was just creating a variant on the much older (and still much commoner) "Sweet Smell of Success", which was coined by a US writer called Ernest Lehman as the title of a novelette, which was (in 1957) made into a very successful Hollywood film. (VSD)