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appeal to (someone or something)
1. To ask for something, usually in an urgent or pleading manner Appeal to your congressmen if you really want lower taxes. You can appeal to Mom all you want, she's still not going to let you go to a high school party. I appealed to the boss for more time, in light of the printing issue, but nope, he still wants everything done by tomorrow.
2. To spark one's interest or appreciation. Tall, dark-haired guys always appeal to me. That style of architecture just doesn't appeal to me. Going to college in a rural setting just doesn't appeal to Stephanie.
3. To resonate with one's specific interests or feelings. The beauty of her prose appeals to my poetic sensibilities. The idea of stronger laws for criminals appeals to me as a mother. I'm sorry, but sushi just doesn't appeal to me. The thought of eating raw fish is nauseating, quite frankly.
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appeal to someone
to please or attract someone. Fast food doesn't appeal to me. The idea of a vacation to Florida this winter appeals to me a lot.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To make an earnest or urgent request to someone or something: The citizens appealed to their mayor to try to find a solution to the housing crisis.
2. To be interesting or attractive to someone: This new style of clothing doesn't appeal to me; I prefer the older fashion.
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.