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stir the blood

To put someone into a state of extreme excitement, enthusiasm, or determination. The president's famous speech still stirs the blood to this day. The show ends with a rousing musical number that is sure to stir the blood!
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stir somebody’s/the ˈblood

make somebody excited or enthusiastic: His political speeches are designed to stir the blood.
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Man of La Mancha" is no celebration -- the Quixote story is routinely interrupted as prisoners are sent before the Inquisition -- but Rodriguez Elliott's production stirs the blood nonetheless.
Strange Fruit illuminates the evil, stirs the blood like Dylan's Masters of War, that searing attack on the arms industry and the men behind it, elegant and immoral suits selling tanks and killer 'copters to any brute with loot.
IT'S just the tonic for mid-winter blues - a sassy little "sportnatech" with a burbling engine and a whistling turbo that stirs the blood out of suspended animation.
Dorati stirs the blood, while Craft can make one drowsy.
THE Tory leadership contest is under way and I'm afraid no-one stirs the blood.
Nothing stirs the blood of social radicals and Victorian traditionalists more than mention of the B-word.
Meanwhile, in terms of spectacle, color, even excitement, the Marketplace Conference still appeals to the senses, still stirs the blood of all but the most-hardened convention-goers, still arouses a sense of urgency, a memory of what once was and an expectation of what could be again.