smell blood

smell blood
tv. to be ready for a fight; to be ready to attack; to be ready to act. (Like sharks, which are sent into a frenzy by the smell of blood.)
Lefty was sur- ounded, and you could tell that the guys from the other gang smelled blood.
The lawyer heard the crash and came running—smelling blood and bucks.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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