appetite


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get up an appetite

Fig. to do something to make one very hungry. (Usually in this order.) He can't seem to get up an appetite these days. Whenever I jog, I really get up an appetite.
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have an appetite for something

 
1. Lit. to have a desire to eat something in particular. I have an appetite for a nice big steak.
2. Fig. to have a desire to have, see, hear, etc., something. Bobby has a big appetite for sports and activity. Bob has no appetite for violence on television.
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lose one's appetite

to lose one's desire to eat. After that gory movie, I'm afraid I've lost my appetite.
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whet someone's appetite

Fig. to cause someone to be interested in something and to be eager to have, know, learn, etc., more about it. Seeing that film really whetted my sister's appetite for horror films. She now sees as many as possible. My appetite for theater was whetted when I was very young.
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whet somebody's appetite

to cause you to want more of something Her work on this show has whetted her appetite to do theatrical sets for other shows. Predictions of defeat only seemed to whet his appetite for battle.
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whet somebody's appetite

if an experience whets someone's appetite for something, it makes them want more of it That first flying lesson whetted her appetite. (often + for ) I did a short course last year, and it's whetted my appetite for study.
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whet one's appetite

Arouse one's interest or eagerness, as in That first Schubert piece whetted my appetite; I hope she sings some others. This idiom, first recorded in 1612, transfers making one hungry for food to other kinds of eagerness.
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References in classic literature ?
It became possible for both Colin and Mary to do more of them each time they tried, and such appetites were the results that but for the basket Dickon put down behind the bush each morning when he arrived they would have been lost.
Towards six o'clock his gondola took him back, with another fine appetite, to meet some travelling acquaintances with whom he had engaged to dine at the table d'hote.
To Henry's astonishment, the appetite with which he had entered the house mysteriously and completely left him when he sat down to table.
And once more, when he tried to eat his breakfast, his appetite completely failed him!
Leaving a note for Arthur Barville, on his arrival in Venice, in which he merely mentioned that he had gone to look at the Italian lakes, and that a line addressed to his hotel at Milan would bring him back again, he took the afternoon train to Padua-- and dined with his usual appetite, and slept as well as ever that night.
You would only appease my appetite for a moment; so it isn't worth while to eat you.
In like manner, we shall represent human nature at first to the keen appetite of our reader, in that more plain and simple manner in which it is found in the country, and shall hereafter hash and ragoo it with all the high French and Italian seasoning of affectation and vice which courts and cities afford.
I never suffer from loss of appetite, but he's really marvelous
It would appear that the two fortunate mortals, to whose happy lot it fell to enjoy a meal in which health and appetite lent so keen a relish to the exquisite food of the American deserts, were far from being insensible of the advantage they possessed.
He ate, it is true, and with a relish; but it was always with the moderation with which age is apt to temper the appetite.
His more tempered appetite was already satisfied, and he faced the new comer with a look of cordiality, that plainly evinced how very opportune he considered his arrival.
We sat on the ferny bank of the pool and ate of the generous basket Aunt Janet had provided, with appetites sharpened by the keen spring air and our wilderness rovings.
I do not think that we have adequately determined the nature and number of the appetites, and until this is accomplished the enquiry will always be confused.
Very true, I said; and observe the point which I want to understand: Certain of the unnecessary pleasures and appetites I conceive to be unlawful; every one appears to have them, but in some persons they are controlled by the laws and by reason, and the better desires prevail over them-either they are wholly banished or they become few and weak; while in the case of others they are stronger, and there are more of them.
He was supposed from his youth upwards to have been trained under a miserly parent, who encouraged the saving appetites in him, but discountenanced the unnecessary, which aim only at amusement and ornament?