smell the barn(redirected from one smells the barn)
smell the barn
To feel excitement or become rejuvenated, as one nears a destination or positive outcome. The phrase refers to the tendency of farm animals to become excited when they are about to return to the barn. It had been a long drive, but our moods improved once we realized we were just a few miles from the beach—just like cows smelling the barn. The team seemed to smell the barn following the fourth-quarter touchdown, starting to play with an intensity they hadn't shown for the entire game up to that point.
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