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get up an appetite

To become hungry, perhaps due to strenuous activity. You must have gotten up a appetite working out in the garden for so long! For some reason, I always get up an appetite after going to a museum.
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have an appetite for (something)

1. Literally, to be hungry for a particular food. I really have an appetite for Mom's spaghetti and meatballs today.
2. To have an intense desire, yearning, or need for something. Even from a young age he had an appetite for knowledge, devouring any books he could get his hands on. Growing up in such a small, secluded town, I constantly had an appetite for romance and adventure.
See also: an, appetite, for, have

have no appetite for (something)

1. Literally, to not be hungry for a particular meal or kind of food. I'm sorry, I had a big chocolate bar a little while ago, so I have no appetite for dinner right now. If Eddie has no appetite for tacos, something's wrong. Taco Tuesday is usually his favorite day of the week!
2. To have no desire, yearning, or need for something. He's a really smart kid, but he seems to have no appetite for learning. You don't want to explore the cave with me? What's wrong, have you no appetite for adventure?
See also: appetite, for, have, no

lose (one's) appetite

To no longer be hungry; to no longer have a desire or inclination to eat. Hearing the gruesome details of the murder made me lose my appetite. The news was so sobering that we all lost our appetites.
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lose (one's) appetite for (something)

To no longer have a desire or inclination to eat something. I lost my appetite for salmon after getting food poisoning from it a few years ago. If you watch that documentary about meat production, you'll probably lose your appetite for it. Don't have any more snacks. I don't want you losing your appetite for dinner.
See also: appetite, for, lose

not have an appetite for (something)

1. Literally, to not be hungry for a particular meal or kind of food. I'm sorry, I had a big chocolate bar a little while ago, so I just don't have an appetite for dinner right now.
2. To have no desire, yearning, or need for something. He's a really smart kid, but he doesn't seem to have an appetite for learning.
See also: an, appetite, for, have, not

whet (one's) appetite

To induce or increase 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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work up an appetite

To become hungry after engaging in some activity, typically one that is physically strenuous. You've been out building that fence for nearly three hours. Come on in for lunch—I bet you've worked up an appetite!
See also: an, appetite, up, work
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get up an appetite

Fig. to do something to make one very hungry. (Usually in this order.) He can't seem to get up an appetite these days. Whenever I jog, I really get up an appetite.
See also: an, appetite, get, up

have an appetite for something

1. Lit. to have a desire to eat something in particular. I have an appetite for a nice big steak.
2. Fig. to have a desire to have, see, hear, etc., something. Bobby has a big appetite for sports and activity. Bob has no appetite for violence on television.
See also: an, appetite, for, have

lose one's appetite

to lose one's desire to eat. After that gory movie, I'm afraid I've lost my appetite.
See also: appetite, lose

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.
See also: appetite, whet
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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 American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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References in classic literature ?
I have watched the habits of the animal, young man; and can fearlessly pronounce, by evidence that would be thrown away on ordinary observers, that it is of vast dimensions, inactive, possibly torpid, of voracious appetite, and, as it now appears by the direct testimony of this venerable hunter, ferocious and carnivorous!"
And when his other lusts, amid clouds of incense and perfumes and garlands and wines, and all the pleasures of a dissolute life, now let loose, come buzzing around him, nourishing to the utmost the sting of desire which they implant in his drone-like nature, then at last this lord of the soul, having Madness for the captain of his guard, breaks out into a frenzy: and if he finds in himself any good opinions or appetites in process of formation, and there is in him any sense of shame remaining, to these better principles he puts an end, and casts them forth until he has purged away temperance and brought in madness to the full.
Zurich Insurance is launching a new app designed to help give its general risk appetite across multiple industries.
Heinrich Patrick Pentildea Domingo, officer-in-charge of the Zoological Division, said that he has ordered zoo observers to start a medical diary andnote changes in the lion's appetite and behavior.
"This is largely down to their genes; some babies are born with a hearty appetite, want to feed regularly, and are more demanding about being fed.
At all follow-up points after the procedure, all patients reported decreased appetite: 17, 30, and 53 percent reported somewhat less appetite, much less appetite, and very much less appetite, respectively.
But often, an appetite can come back even when we have eaten enough.
Citing 'healthy market appetite,' the Treasury sold P9 billion in 91-day IOUs at 2.233 percent; P6 billion in 182-day at 2.519 percent; and P5 billion in 364-day at 2.849 percent.
According to previous studies, the most pronounced mild adverse events are insomnia and reduced appetite, with a respective frequency of 90% and 79%.
Phenylalanine is an amino acid produced in the gut when protein is digested and has previously been shown to affect the release of gut hormones that reduce appetite in rodents.
Discuss risk appetite within the appropriate context.
TEHRAN (FNA)- A drug that targets the appetite control system in the brain could bring about significant weight loss in people with clinical obesity, according to new research.
Data were collected with Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index-PSQI and Questionnaire Form about socio-demographic characteristics and appetite. Biochemical findings were obtained; food consumption for three consecutive days was recorded.