(Also: There’s no smoke without fire)
Meaning: find an effect and you’ll usually find its cause. Origins.
Rewrite 1: when I see smoke, I know to look for fire
Rewrite 2: where there’s a burnn1,2 there’s fire
Rewrite 3: where there’s water there’s often a leak1
Rewrite 4: I don’t need to see horizontal rain to know I’m in a hurricane
Rewrite 5: When things look odd and I see smoke, I know mirrors must be nearby
Comment: I tried to vary both the effect and the cause to broaden the scope of this cliché. Rewrite 5 relates to a different use of the word "smoke," in this case we're talking about deception.
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