blood in the water

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In a competitive situation, the exhibition of apparent weakness or vulnerability by one party, especially when this leads to a feeling of vulnerability or greater pressure to perform on the part of the weak party, and/or enhanced expectation of victory by the other(s).

Etymology:

  • Referring to the emergence of predators such as sharks when blood is spilled in the water.
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Submitted on July 07, 2010

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blod i vandet

sangre en el agua

du sang dans l'eau

sangue nell'acqua

水の中の血

sangue na água

血液在水中

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