scent blood Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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scent blood

to ​believe that someone you are ​competing against is having difficulties and to use this to get an ​advantage for yourself: The ​manager has already made some ​seriouserrors of ​judgment and it is ​clear that other ​employees scent ​blood.
(Definition of scent blood from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)