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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 somebody's appetite

to cause you to want more of something Her work on this show has whetted her appetite to do theatrical sets for other shows. Predictions of defeat only seemed to whet his appetite for battle.
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whet somebody's appetite

if an experience whets someone's appetite for something, it makes them want more of it That first flying lesson whetted her appetite. (often + for ) I did a short course last year, and it's whetted my appetite for study.
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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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The author props her second work against African American literary heavyweights like The Color Purple and Sula, but it is in fact able to stand on its own--the comparison therefore perhaps slightly dulling the appetite rather than whetting it.
George Bush (the elder) did that, whetting Pyongyang's appetite.
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The last essay on the University of Padua, 1405-1600, reflects Grendler's early effort in the history of Italian universities during the Renaissance, demonstrating his first exploration of the riches of the Paduan university archives and whetting our appetite for his newest scholarly endeavor.
Having the results ahead of time, however, can actually act as a fabulous teaser, whetting viewers' appetites to see how the final score came about.
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Washington author David Harrison, editor of Canoe magazine, is best at whetting the adventurer's appetite.