taste blood

taste blood

1. To achieve a small victory or advantage over an opponent, giving one the encouragement or confidence to pursue total victory. The underdog tasted blood with her victory in the first round, and she's coming out with guns blazing to try to secure a championship title here today.
2. To have a first experience of something thrilling or exciting that prompts one to seek that experience again. Once I tasted blood skydiving, I knew I had to try to do it as often as I possibly could.
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taste blood

Fig. to experience something exciting, and perhaps dangerous, for the first time. She had tasted blood once, and she knew that the life of a race-car driver was for her. Once you taste blood, you're hooked.
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taste blood

If you taste blood, you have a small victory and this encourages you to think that you can defeat your opponent completely. The real opposition to the Government continues to be its own backbenchers who have now tasted blood for the first time. Note: You can also say that someone gets a taste of blood. That experience changed him, gave him a taste of blood, a taste of real power.
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taste blood

achieve an early success that stimulates further efforts.
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taste blood

tv. to experience something exciting, and perhaps dangerous, for the first time. Once you taste blood, you’re hooked.
See also: blood, taste
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In case you have a cut or you are bleeding, do not enter the water as sharks can smell and taste blood, and trace it back to its source.
When those dogs taste blood, they don't stop SOURCE MOYCULLEN, CO GALWAY, YESTERDAY
He boasted in an email: "Once you kill and taste blood, it's impossible to stop.
She could taste blood and spat blood out into her hand.
And when he and Ellie develop an urge to eat raw meat and taste blood.
Supporting their team, and enjoying the action, were a distant and poor second to the desire to taste blood.
I scream until I can taste blood in my throat, until I can no longer hear my own voice.
When I feel the need to taste blood I cannot stop myself.
My eyes watered up and my nose ran, and I ran my tongue over my lips thinking I would taste blood.
They taste blood because they know the devil is after me.
To begin with, it looked like he was being sick and he said he could taste blood in his mouth.
The 1ft predators are normally no threat to people but, like piranhas, they attack in a frenzy when they taste blood.
To begin with it looked like he was being sick and he said could taste blood in his mouth.