whet appetite

whet (one's) appetite

To spark one's interest in something. The first chapter of that novel really whetted my appetite—I'm eager to read more of it tonight.
See also: appetite, whet

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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Experience of training in London has whet appetite for two months
On UAE's Expo 2020 win, Al Saleh said that the successful bid will whet appetite of foreign investors to invest in UAE services sectors in 2014.
And, without wanting to spoil the plot for anyone, the whole thing ends with a huge cliffhanger that should whet appetite for the start of series two.
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Toptan said the oil-rich Caucasus was home to a huge part of world's energy resources, adding that these resources whet appetite of some circles.
WHET APPETITES IN GALWAY Go West and put the appetising Galway Food Festival on your Easter menu, a delicious family-fun event showcasing the best of artisan food from 2-6 April.
It is sure to whet appetites for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup, for which Newcastle has been chosen as one of the venues.
It includes favourites from the menu at Purnell's, such as signature dishes "The Emotions of Cheese and Pineapple 'Soixante-dix'" and "From Mum to Michelin", an egg dish with haddock foam and cornflakes setting out to whet appetites as well as tempting competent home cooks to challenge themselves with more elaborate concoctions.
We're hoping it will whet appetites for what is set to take place over the course of the following few weeks during the Spectrum performing arts festival.
Ocado said that as an online retailer it was less constrained design-wise and could focus more on the brand than a bricks 'n' mortar supermarket, which would normally use food images to whet appetites and signpost.
A spokeswoman added: "We are confident the footage shot in Dublin will help whet appetites and create a curiosity among Indians to come and visit the places where the colourful film was shot.
To whet appetites, Antiquiet has a track from the album.
This colourful, healthy offering from celebrity chef Andrew Nutter is sure to whet appetites and add a little sizzle to the barbecue.
With the title track and single The Basket, complete with fabulously trippy 'camping' video, to whet appetites, fans can look forward to hearing much of the new album when Guillemots play a secret gig in Birmingham on Sunday.
A HUNDRED people and a dog sit at the world's longest picnic table to whet appetites for Britain's annual Big Lunch next Sunday.