whet one's appetite

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.
See also: appetite, whet
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By the time night three rolls around, it's all become too chaotic, culminating in a manner that, while clearly intended to whet one's appetite for more, merely creates a sense of having been jerked around only to be left dangling.
With nearly three hundred color photos, it has much appeal to armchair travelers and much to whet one's appetite for the big apple.