smell blood


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smell blood

1. To detect a competitive weakness in an opponent that arouses increased competitive aggression in others. Likened to the literal presence of blood in water that causes aquatic predators (such as sharks) to seek out and attack prey. After their opponents' star striker left the match with an injury, the home team smelled blood and brought on their attack with everything they had. Sensing a discrepancy in the witness's testimony, the prosecutor smelled blood and began hammering her on the details of her story.
2. To be ready, willing, and eager to attack or fight. I could sense that the drunken mob was smelling blood, ready to inflict violence on whomever they encountered.
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smell blood

Fig. to be ready for a fight; to be ready to attack; to be ready to act. (Like sharks, which are sent into a frenzy by the smell of blood.) Lefty was surrounded, and you could tell that the guys from the other gang smelled blood. The lawyer heard the crash and came runningsmelling blood and bucks.
See also: blood, smell

smell blood

discern weakness or vulnerability in an opponent.
See also: blood, smell

smell blood

tv. to be ready for a fight; to be ready to attack; to be ready to act. (Like sharks, which are sent into a frenzy by the smell of blood.) Lefty was surrounded, and you could tell that the guys from the other gang smelled blood.
See also: blood, smell

smell blood

To sense an opportunity for advantage at someone else's expense.
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