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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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lose one's appetite

to lose one's desire to eat. After that gory movie, I'm afraid I've lost my appetite.
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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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References in classic literature ?
His more tempered appetite was already satisfied, and he faced the new comer with a look of cordiality, that plainly evinced how very opportune he considered his arrival.
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!"
But we know r research with about 4,800 British infant twins that babies differ hugely in their appetites.
But we know from research with about 4,800 British infant twins that babies differ hugely in their appetites.
High appetites can be caused by the kinds of food we eat, the way we eat them, and diet plans that leave a person feeling hungry, among other reasons.
Many older adults have poor appetites that may lead to inadequate nutrition.
Strategies to improve our appetites as we age include reducing portion size, increasing meal frequency, and using flavor enhancers.
Commercial/multifamily mortgage lending is expected to increase in 2015 as lenders' appetites to place new loans remain very strong and borrowers' appetite to borrow increases, a new Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) survey reported.
A: Actually, a recent study published in the journal Appetite found that seniors who had fair or poor appetites had higher risks of dying than people with good appetites.
Additionally, this platform provides tools to insurance carriers that include the ability for carriers to upload their appetites and control them by state, line of insurance and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) in real time.
These writings attempt to justify the notion that women are naturally passionless, yet seem to contradict themselves by warning about the dangers of arousing contingently oral appetites. Chapter four examines female appetite in pedagogical literature, where these tensions become the most apparent.
When girls lose their appetites, a probable culprit is clinical depression, which strikes one in five kids.
Add special ingredients that stimulate appetites and enhance flavor; for example, cinnamon is a natural appetite stimulant that can naturally increase residents' appetites.
However, when the scientists administered the hormone along with CRP, leptin had no discernible effect on the rodents' appetites or weight.
"If people chronically chose to not get enough sleep at night, then that could make their appetites go way up, their consumption go way up, and that could lead to being overweight and obese," warns Jim Gangwisch, an epidemiologist at Columbia University Medical Center.