To be aroused and exhilarated by the imminent destruction of one's prey or opponent: The Democrats ''smelled blood'' over the trade issue
[1970s+; fr the behavior of predators who attack prey, esp wounded prey]
Our warwhoop was like the coyotes singing in the evening, when they smell blood!
“My master must have a sacrifice; he must smell blood,” answered Sketupah.
One of those sinister persons who seem to smell blood and presage crime, reached Avignon from Versailles: his name was Jourdan.
Every day to smell blood on the hand of him who embraces you!
After they smell blood there's no more holdin' them than you can hold a tiger.
I knew that, as a rule, mountain lions do not follow you unless they are ravenous with hunger or smell blood.
Gee, but if pa wears that rig in the menagerie tent the animals will paw and bellow like a drove of cattle that smell blood.
"My master must have a sacrifice, he must smell blood," said the ugly old man.