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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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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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The control of appetitive instrumental responding does not depend upon classical conditioning to the discriminative stimulus.
The appetitive reaction is said to evoke a multitude of approach responses due to various system stimulation.
These two networks are the appetitive drive and executive control networks (see sidebar, "Brain Regions and Their Contributions to Behavior").
According to the motivational priming hypothesis, the observed affective modulation of the startle responses during perception reflected the activation of appetitive and defensive motivational systems, respectively (Lang et al.
Shrimp were purchased at local food stores, soaked in SW for 3 h to lessen their attractiveness by leaching out appetitive chemicals, freeze-dried, then cut into pieces of about 2 cm X 0.
Our short stay definitely whetted our appetitive for a lengthier dose of Languedoc.
Rats typically prefer exploring novel objects over familiar ones (Berlyne, 1950), and thus novel objects are generally considered appetitive in nature (e.
For example, the dopaminergic system is believed to mediate the appetitive fases of motivated behavior (wanting, desire, expectation, attention), and therefore it is important to understand the 80% proportion of animal welfare and well-being.
Brennan analyzes the psychic function of spirit and the characteristic object of spirited desire, and he persuasively develops the view that--from the perspective of the creator gods of the Timaeus, who created the human soul with a view to making it best--the inclusion of the spirited part in the soul was a necessary response to the inclusion of the appetitive part (which was itself necessary for the purpose of biological maintenance).
anticipated salivation prior to food entering the mouth), then one's oral cavity is prepared to both enhance further appetitive experiences as well as more efficiently break down food for digestion (Mese & Matsuo, 2007; Pederson, Bardow, Beier Jensen & Nauntofte, 2002).
Saccharin pre-exposure enhances appetitive flavor learning in pre-weanling rats.
The poem draws from Plato's allegory of the soul as a chariot pulled by two horses, one representing the moral and the other the appetitive passions, both to be brought into balance and controlled by the charioteer to ensure the soul's ascent, an idea Klassen develops throughout her book.
11) As far as courage is concerned, which is determined by spirit ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), it guarantees the success of the mission of the spirited part as a mediator between the immortal soul and the appetitive part (70 A); as a result, courage can only be thought of as a healthy condition, as a mean, (12) since the ideal condition for the soul is the proportionate development of its three parts (89 E-90 A), following the principle which equates health with virtue and proportion (87 C-D).
The present investigations have revealed that the appetitive Simulium flies could utilize any part of the body to obtain the blood meal needed for the maturation of the eggs as flies were caught on all exposed human parts.
According to Shoenberger, those who are highly appetitive tend to engage with social media extensively, while who are on aversive side choose safer and more predictable media experiences.