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scent blood

To recognize or sense a weakness or vulnerability (especially a new one) in an opponent, adversary, or subject over which one is trying to gain an advantage. The phrase implies that such a weakness will then be acted upon to gain victory or advantage. The visiting squad is starting to look tired, and the home team scents blood. Look for them to try to close out the game. Do not give any indication that we are willing to settle. If we do, the attorneys will scent blood and we won't get what we want.
See also: blood, scent

scent blood

In a competitive situation, if you scent blood, you sense a weakness in your opponent and take advantage of it. Right-wing parties, scenting blood, have been holding talks aimed at building an alternative coalition. Note: You can also say that someone gets a scent of blood. The market has got the scent of blood and, having sniffed it, they are going for it.
See also: blood, scent
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But it was Welbeck's dive that changed the complexion of the second leg as Milan scented blood after pulling it back to 2-1 on aggregate in the tie.
Board hubris ran high while hedge funds scented blood, shorting the stock.
But Salim was keen to make the most of his appearance off the bench, and how: he showed an icy calm in front of goal to beat Saudi goalkeeper Assaf Al Qarni, and now that Oman did have their tails up, they scented blood and decided to go for a second goal to further cement their lead.
McLean cut out a Hayes ball, but his backpass was woefully short and Ntcham scented blood, dropping the shoulder beautifully to round Lewis.
Later, sitting a point behind the Nerazzurri before they tackled Torino, Maurizio Sarri's Napoli scented blood and Kalidou Koulibaly, Piotr Zielinski and Marek Hamsik made it 3-0 before half-time.
The Lions pair scored late tries to seal a victory that had looked in doubt for three-quarters of the game, as Wales stuttered and the Scots scented blood.
New Zealand scented blood in their tiring opponents, but Kieran Read's pass was too far ahead of McCaw and next Aaron Smith's pass was dropped by replacement Cane.
Australia scented blood but Greenway and Sciver's combination helped England towards victory.
Anderson scented blood and as the Dutchman wobbled the Eyemouth hero pounced with a double break.
With Marquez cut and hurting, the 33-year-old scented blood and pressed forward in the sixth.
Fiston Manuella was shown a red card as early as the 20th minute for his second bookable offence, a mistimed tackle on Neil Barnfield, and Brakes scented blood having had the better of the early exchanges despite best chance falling to the hosts as Tony Breedon denied Ryan Blake.
A UNION government that finds itself pushed into a corner, and Opposition parties that have scented blood in the wake of the 2G spectrum scam, obviously have neither the time, nor the inclination, to consider that the deadlock they have caused in Parliament is costing the exchequer dear.
But as much as runner-up Dancing Tornado scented blood, passing 2-1 favourite Long Run on the charge to the line, he was separated from the winner by two and three-quarter lengths.
But as much as runner-up Dancing Tornado scented blood, passing Long Run on the charge to the line, he was separated from the winner by two and three-quarter lengths.
In the garden, the tulips are coming out on the parterre and make a bold show with the heavily scented blood red wallflowers.