scent blood

scent blood

to believe that someone you are competing against is having difficulties or problems and to use this to get an advantage for yourself The manager has already made some serious errors of judgement and it is clear that other employees scent blood.
See also: blood, scent
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It does not take long for the sharks to scent blood in football.
With Ahed's rearguard rarely troubled, Mahmoud Hammoud's men could scent blood, and they poured forward looking to sound the death knell to Nejmeh's flagging title hopes.
County scent blood with United labouring on an eight-game winless streak that has knocked the stuffing out of their season.
I love the way that under Rodgers they've got goals in their DNA and scent blood right from the kick off, aiming not just to beat sides, but to try and demolish them.
Indeed, once the Geordie public scent blood ANYTHING can happen.
While stagnant Boro are still in a playoff spot, the pack are closing in fast behind them - and Mowbray knows the pressure is on against a side who will scent blood.
Durham's batting let them down in their opening game against Nottinghamshire and they were 82-6 in pursuit of 130 when the rain came against Middlesex last week so Surrey's bowlers could scent blood.
True Wales - who are almost certain to form the "no" campaign' still scent blood.
Labour lost control of the council in 2008 to an Independent/Conservatives coalition, and the main parties scent blood.
Now Hearts will move within six points of their bitter rivals with a victory today - and Laszlo (right) can scent blood.
I'm sorry to say that it's yet more of the media acting like a pack of hyenas when they scent blood.
THE Great White Shark Greg Norman will be able to scent blood today as he tries to win The Senior Open title for the first time.
CONSERVATIVES scent blood after Gordon Brown's wobbly week.
A Johnny Hancocks penalty put them on their way and, as the pitch began to turn into a mudbath, the booming Black Country faithful began to scent blood.
The Pumas may not be the force they were up front, but they will scent blood after watching videos of the Six Nations when the Welsh scrum could not get out of reverse.