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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.
See also: appetite, whet

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.
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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.
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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For example, Harris, Kwok, and Andrew (2014), using an adapted version of the A+/AX- procedure in an appetitive situation with rats, studied the conditions needed for a stimulus that signals a reduction in the expected rate of US to exhibit inhibitory properties.
Appetitive and aversive classical conditioning of female sexual response.
In Islamic psycho-physical ethics 'inner contentment' is deemed a key praiseworthy trait known under various terms such as qana'ah ('frugal contentment'), rida ('temperate satisfaction'), or qisar al-amal ('curtailing worldly expectation'); contentment also embraced 'iffah and haya'('prudence'), (11) as well as zuhd ('renunciation' of appetitive wants).
Such persistence in pursuing damaging behaviors suggests that the short-term "appetitive" results of drinking (such as intoxication and losing one's inhibitions) have greater control over the alcoholic's behavior than do the negative consequences.
The different nature of the two types of souls leaves its mark on how they manage to reach the divine place and contemplate the authentic reality (Forms), divine soul having this benefit, (14) while the others have a more difficult task, "for the horse of evil nature weighs the chariot down, making it heavy and pulling toward the earth the charioteer whose horse is not well trained." (15) The bad horse, the symbol of the appetitive, seems to have a natural aversion to mind and, also, an attraction of the same kind to the earthly existence.
Animal models of weight loss have suggested that leptin interacts with appetitive hormones in a manner that promotes further weight reduction [14,15,18].
In most of these studies, however, pleasant stimulation was not included, due in part to difficulties in identifying an arousing appetitive stimulus that is in the same modality and is also of sufficient salience to maintain anticipatory responses across repeated presentations.
The possibility that cephalopod ink functions as a phagomimetic defense has been considered because the ink of cephalopods contains millimolar concentrations of dissolved free amino acids (Derby et at., 2007) that are appetitive feeding stimuli for predatory fishes (Caprio and Derby, 2008).
Also both these cities have extremely low risk appetitive with a majority of respondents showing a marked preference for low but secure returns.
Amours is not unbridled in this work, but, like Boethian divine love, the figure takes on the role of charioteer, aligning the appetitive will with reason.
Beneficial effects of a higher-protein breakfast on the appetitive, hormonal, and neural signals controlling energy intake regulation in overweight/obese, "breakfast-skipping," late-adolescent girls.
* The activity involves an appetitive process, which provides reward, euphoria, or pleasurable experiences to the person.
SAN DIEGO -- Robust behavioral changes are not common in presymptomatic familial Alzheimer's disease, but increases in certain behaviors such as agitation, apathy, and appetitive changes can accompany early cognitive changes, results from a large ongoing study demonstrated.
Because Christian economics is an expression of supernatural values, it slowly evaporated in the heat of the natural appetitive values encouraged by the capitalist temptation.