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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.
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One official said: "Having tasted blood, we will now apply the tests more stringently than ever.
swift and clean it never tasted blood or stained itself.
Most pleasing of all for a side whose commitment had been called into question was the manner in which Newcastle fought back after conceding a soft opening goal to a team who are usually ruthless once they have tasted blood.
Nearly every patient bears scars where healers have rubbed herbs into flesh cuts -- made by used blades that often have tasted blood infected with HIV
That's the fear, it's like they have tasted blood and it has become very very dangerous.
Yes, there may be some more solidity in the middle order with the arrival of Cheteshwar Pujara and experience in the bowling line-up with Zaheer Khan, but they will be up against a fired up South Africa who have tasted blood.
Perhaps Eking acquired a killer instinct when he tasted blood in the many battles he fought.
Having tasted blood, an upbeat Bangladesh team is ready to deal one final blow on their opponents to write a fresh chapter at the Sher- e- Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the day- night game.
While most others target host-seeking mosquitoes looking for a blood meal, these traps target those that have already tasted blood, making them the most dangerous because they may have bitten someone infected with the dengue virus.
Once it has tasted blood, it will just attack again and again.