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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.
See also: blood, taste