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pique (one's) (emotion)

To arouse a particular emotion in one. While the special effects looked impressive, it was the movie's approach to its female characters that piqued my interest. Nothing piques my ire like people who don't use their turn signals when they're driving! It's important to provide your children with experiences that pique their curiosity.
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in a pique

Fig. having a feeling of resentment; feeling that one's pride has been hurt. In a real pique, Anne insulted all of her friends. John's found himself in a pique over Bob's harsh criticism.
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pique someone's curiosity

 and pique someone's interest
to arouse interest; to arouse curiosity. The advertisement piqued my curiosity about the product. The professor tried to pique the students' interest in French literature.
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ˌpique somebody’s ˈinterest, curiˈosity, etc.

(especially American English) make somebody very interested in something: The programme has certainly piqued public interest in this rare bird.
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Pique prevented a shock although Espanyol midfielder Esteban Granero was not happy with how he marked it.
Spanish media reported that police confiscated some of the banners, including one which described Pique as "sickening".
After Madrid were disqualified from the Copa del Rey in December for fielding the suspended Denis Cheryshev in a game against third-tier Cadiz, Spain international Pique expressed his glee in a Twitter post.
Pique named Stones alongside himself and Sergio Ramos in his world XI.
Tras 11 anos de investigacion y juicio --inexplicablemente la causa judicial estuvo paralizada siete anos por el juez 4, Fernando Andreu--, la singular sentencia se redujo a un ano de prision para Pique Vidal y la mayoria de los procesados en este juicio, pese a que la Fiscalia Antidrogas espanola pedia nueve anos para cada uno de ellos.
Pique said: "We are in fine form and winning a lot of games.
Pique is a defender for Spanish La Liga team FC Barcelona.
Spaniard Pique, who was scouted by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2004, is also courting interest from United's title rivals Chelsea.
The strap, made of silicon rubber, has the classic petit pique design that runs around the case's sides, wrapping the metal case inside.
Should Barcelona defender Gerard Pique decide to leave the Catalan giants, several football clubs have already expressed their interests in signing the 27-year-old Spanish footballer.
WILLIE MULLINS has warned potential backers of hot Guinness Galway Hurdle favourite Pique Sous that the horse lacks experience ahead of the biggest hurdling test of his life.
MADRID -- Gerard Pique extended his Barcelona contract by four years on Monday, praising new coach Luis Enrique and predicting their return to the top after a season with no silverware.
Spanish football ace Gerard Pique has been pictured getting over his red card in Sunday's Confederations Cup Final defeat by doing a spot of shopping and sightseeing in Dubai.
GERARD PIQUE believes home advantage can help Barcelona overturn a 2-0 deficit against AC Milan to progress in the Champions League.
GROUP C SPAIN v ITALY Arena Gdansk Tomorrow, 5pm, ITV1 SPAIN defender Gerard Pique believes his side must stop Mario Balotelli when they take on Italy in their Euro 2012 Group C opener.