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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.
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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 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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whet someone's appetite

COMMON If something whets your appetite for a particular thing, it makes you want it. Winning the World Championship should have whetted his appetite for more success. Her appetite already whetted by the book, she took a trip to England. Note: You can also say that something whets the appetite. The series is entertaining, and it certainly whets the appetite. Note: To whet a knife means to sharpen it.
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whet someone's appetite

stimulate someone's interest by partial revelation.
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ˌwhet somebody’s ˈappetite

make somebody feel hungry; make somebody interested in something: Don’t eat too much of this dish. It’s only to whet your appetite for the main course.One of my teachers lent me a book about climbing, and it really whetted my appetite.
If you whet a knife, sword, etc., you make it sharper.
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I would like to manage my own club one day because the job at Moors whetted my appetite.
Morgan said: 'The Cup run was amazing and it is fair to say it has whetted our appetite.
No fewer than four separate disclaimers lead into the hilarity, and the whetted observations within require it, for they are at least four times as cutting-edge as the leading "fair and balanced" commentary.
Very highly recomended reading, The Lake is a rich literary experience penned with whetted description and passion.
Accordingly, the reader's interests are whetted by the prospect of a substantive analysis of the ways in which welfare states can indeed be overhauled so that they meet the needs of their citizens through judicious and appropriate state intervention.
Recently, several exhibitions have brought the artist back into view: A pair of shows at the Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart and a retrospective at Magasin in Grenoble gave European museumgoers a chance to reappraise Goldstein's output, while last year's rehanging of Douglas Crimp's 1977 "Pictures" exhibition at Artists Space whetted appetites in the United States (see Artforum, October 2001).
Just as it is a healthy eating practice to get up from the table a little bit hungry, so perhaps here we English-speaking Catholics are being served a healthy diet in terms of our history because Nicolson has whetted our appetite and we want to know more about the historical evolution of the Catholic Church in English Canada.
Yesterday's little taster on the exchange floors in London and New York have just whetted the appetite.
In the past, Cammermeyer said, she shrugged off suggestions that she run for office, but her involvement as cochair this year in the campaign for Initiative 677, a Washington State ballot measure that would extend job protections to gay men and lesbians, has whetted her appetite for politics.
Companies also must address the evolving needs of end users whose appetites have been whetted by the power and flexibility of desktop computing applications.
Such results only whetted the scientific appetite, however.
The first single from Tamar's new album, "Beautiful, Loved and Blessed," (which she co-wrote with Prince and debuted on his recently released #1 Universal album), has already whetted musical appetites across the globe for this gifted multi-instrumentalist who is about to claim her rightful place in the musical spotlight.
That is one of several hilarious bits that whetted the appetites of moviegoers who turned out in droves to see the nation's current No.
If there is one criticism to be made, it is that now, having whetted our appetites, the festival won't return for two years--next year it moves to San Francisco.
Voyages to India and to the monasteries of Mount Athos whetted the radiant, transcendent, yet fleeting and provisional spirit with which Bartolini observed the world.