have an appetite for

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 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: appetite, have
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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