thirst for (something)

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thirst for (something)

1. verb To have an intense desire, yearning, or need for something. Even from a young age he thirsted for knowledge, devouring any he could get his hands on. Growing up in such a small, secluded town, I constantly thirsted for romance and adventure.
2. noun A desire for a particular kind of beverage. Cold days like this always give me a thirst for hot chocolate. Come on, let's go to the pub. I've had a thirst for a cold beer all day.
3. noun An intense desire, yearning, or need for something. My exchange trip to Japan in high school left me with a thirst for travel. Her thirst for excitement has gotten her into lots of trouble over the years.
See also: for, thirst
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

thirst for something

1. Lit. to desire something to drink. (Somewhat formal.) "I thirst for something cooling and refreshing." said the preacher. You could see that everyone there was thirsting for water, or even coffee, but there was no refreshment in sight.
2. Fig. to have a strong desire for something. (See also have a thirst for something.) In the old days, students were said to thirst for knowledge. The generals thirsted for new battles to be fought.
See also: for, thirst
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

thirst for

or thirst after
To have a strong craving for something; yearn for something: The oppressed people thirst for freedom.
See also: for, thirst
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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