smell blood
phrasal to sense an opponent's weakness or vulnerability

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • smell blood — to notice that an opponent is weak and that you have the opportunity to defeat them The media smelled blood and went after the story …   English dictionary

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  • smell */*/ — I UK [smel] / US noun Word forms smell : singular smell plural smells 1) a) [countable] the pleasant or unpleasant quality of something that you notice when you breathe in through your nose This paint gives off a very strong smell. unpleasant… …   English dictionary

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  • blood|hound — «BLUHD HOWND», noun, verb. –n. 1. a large, powerful dog with a keen sense of smell. Bloodhounds are used to track fugitives or find people who are lost. Though commonly described as fierce and vicious, bloodhounds actually are relatively gentle… …   Useful english dictionary

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